Anthony Haden-Guest on Why He Did Not Kill Jean-Michel Basquiat


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Anthony Haden-Guest wryly reflects on why/how he was not responsible for the death of Jean-Michel Basquiat (but heard the accusation repeatedly.) See excerpts below and read the full article here.

Over the following weeks I heard the accusation again. And again. The origin, I learned, was the Radiant Child, a documentary directed by Basquiat’s former girlfriend, Tamra Davis. During the course of this scene, the writer Glenn O’Brien discusses the artist’s drug overdose and observes that he had been really worried “about an article that Anthony Haden-Guest was writing for New York magazine.”

Thanks for the mention, Glenn. But that wasn’t quite the way it was.

Yes, I had been commissioned to write a profile of Basquiat, though byVanity Fair, not by New York. It was to be about his remarkable career, with the timely touch that he was kicking heroin. So I had a first interview with him in…

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