Interview Magazine Deceased A Brief History

Interview Magazine

We all heard the news by now that Interview Magazine won’t be published anymore, it’s deceased of bankruptcy. We think it’s horrible for the employees. But for us, at Mimi Berlin that isn’t really sad news. Why not? you ask of us, well maybe some explanaton is in order here.

All you ever wanted to know about Interview Magazine

The first issue of the glamorous newspaper was published in late 1969. Yes, let that sink in for a moment; it was in the previous century! The magazine was started by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and John Wilcock (also one of the five co-founders of the New York Village Voice newspaper.) Interview was a so-called underground platform. The magazine was very populair in the 1970’s and was read by the in-crowd of the entire globe. The iconic covers, made by Richard Bernstein (1939-2002) from 1972 to 1989, date from that period.


Brant Publications, Inc

Afer the death of Andy Warhol, Peter Brant (Brant Publications) acquired the magazine in 1989. Ingrid Barbara Sischy (1952-2015) became the editor until 2008.

September 2008

Interview Mag. is relaunched as a Glossy under co-editorial directors Fabien Baron and Glenn O’Brien (1947-2017) in September 2008, with a cover featuring Kate Moss. (Baron and O’Brien both worked as art-directors for Barney’s department store) O’Brien was the first editor of Interview from 1971 to 1974, he continued to write for the magazine and returned as editor several times. (He was a music critic for the publication in the punk era for which he wrote the column “Glenn O’Brien’s Beat”) Glenn O’Brien’s 20-year association with the magazine ended when he left his ‘Editorial Director’ job at Brant Publications after one and a half year in 2009. Mr Baron resigned at the beginning of this month (of May 2018).


Except for John Wilcock, who is 90 years of age, everybody who ever really mattered in the making and launching of Interview Magazine is deceased. Since the 1990s Warhol’s ’15 minutes of fame’ philosophy wasn’t visible in the Magazine. (which you probably can’t if you want to sell to a large audience, but that’s beside the point right now) It’s obviously time for a new magazine with a fresh concept, made in the 21st century. It took a long story: but that’s the reason we aren’t really sad the magazine has folded.

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