Glenn O'Brien, onetime poet (Image by Bobby Gorssman)
Glenn O'Brien, a style icon and writer whose panache made him a downtown figure who transitioned to big-media success, has died.
O'Brien had been one of the last major figures associated with Andy Warhol's influential Factory of the '60s.
He was the very first editor of Andy Warhol's Interview, from 1971 to 1974, and frequently contributed both Q&As and music columns (“Glenn O'Brien's Beat”) to the long-running title. (Speaking of titles, he invented one: “editor-at-large.” He did so while editing High Times from home. The little joke became an industry standard.)