Glenn O'Brien

About me

Introduction Undergrad at Georgetown then film at Columbia. While there I landed a job at Andy Warhol’s Interview and soon was editor and art director. After a few years I left in a huff to run the New York bureau of Rolling Stone, then huffed off to Hefland to edit Playboy’s hep skin mag Oui. I returned to Gotham and High Times in ‘76. In ‘77 back to Interview with Glenn O’Brien’s BEAT for 12 years. I formed Konelrad, the first socialist realist rock band. In ‘78 I launched Glenn O’Brien’s TV Party on Manhattan Cable TV, which David Letterman calls “the greatest TV show ever.” I wrote and produced Downtown 81 starring Basquiat and Debbie Harry. Later I did stand-up, opening for Buster Poindexter. I wrote for Art Forum and Spin and began a career in advertising. I became creative director at Barneys, and created world-rocking ads for Calvin Klein, Dior, Nike, Rock the Vote, Song Airlines, and Air America to name a few. I also typed up Madonna’s Sex Book. Currently my work appears in GQ, Vanity Fair Italia, Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue, Paper, Purple, Self-Service, and Another Magazine. Books include The Style Guy, Soapbox and Human Nature (dub version). I co-edit the magazine Bald Ego.