Andy Warhol's Contribution to Underground Pop Culture

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The worlds of ‘pop culture’ and ‘underground culture’ are two generally contrasting ones. Although both have concepts of music, film, fashion, literature, and art, they are drastically different. While one is hidden in the depths of society, the other is in the mainstream and recognized by all. Underground pop culture, however, is the joining of these two significantly opposing communities. This hybrid culture is the ideal marriage of unseen and unfamiliar talent emerging from the deep unknown and entering the homes of everyday society. Underground pop culture allows many dissimilar and previously unnoticed artistic forms to become recognized and embraced by people all over the world. While the initial mergence of these two sub-cultures is untraceable, many of its roots lead back to infamous artist Andy Warhol. The artist, most recognized for his famous works of ‘pop art’ in the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s, brought many forms of underground culture along with him during his rise to the mainstream. Warhol’s contributions to film, music, and art revolutionized the underground world and were soon exposed to mainstream pop culture, thus making these categories vital in the amalgamation of underground and pop culture. Although he is probably least recognized for his role as a director, Warhol was quite successful in filmmaking during the 1960s, directing more than sixty films within that decade. The jump from painting to directing was not a random move, but a plan strategically thought out. The value of Warhol’s pieces were rising steadily, but they were still low: Bockris (2003. p.224.) tells us that “His plan was to stop painting, make films and then go back to painting, by which time he felt sure the prices would have increased a lot.” Warhol remained convinced of his plan and pursued a career in directing. His films were, as Lowry (2008) writes, “as passive,

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