They Eat Off of You

The second Warhol/Jackson meeting, as recounted in The Andy Warhol Diaries. The setting is a party in a hotel room before a performance of the Jacksons’ Victory tour at Madison Square Garden:

Saturday, August 4, 1984

Rosanna Arquette, the actress, came up and was so sweet, and I asked her if we’d ever done anything on her in Interview and she said, “No, and you’ve just got to!” But then I remembered that we had done something–but just a “First Impression.” Little Sean Lennon was there and that was exciting. And then this apparition appeared and it was Michael Jackson.

Susan Blond pushed me into his arms and he was shy, and then people pushed me away, and Keith [Haring] gave him T-shirts and everybody was meeting everybody and then I was pushed back at him and it was anticlimactic and then it was over. I shook his hand and it was like foam rubber. The sequined glove isn’t just a little sequined glove, it’s like a catcher’s mitt. Everything has to be bigger than life for the stage.

We went to the show and it was laser beams and a movie where a sword had to be pulled out of a stone and Michael pulled it out. Bianca [Jagger] arrived late and the Jackson father was in her seat and she didn’t know who he was and tried to kick him out, but Susan Blond got up and gave her her seat.

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