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Glenn O’Brien was far too gifted a stylist—in so many arenas—for his final social media post not to carry a resonance beyond the ordinary. And indeed it did. Back on February 22, O’Brien posted: “Andy Warhol died 30 years ago today. I remember thinking ‘whose opinion will I care about now?’ and I still don’t know. I hope to become more like him every day. He was and always will be my (dear) boss.”
Today the sad news that O’Brien has died will spark a similar jolt of remorse among all who watched, read, or were lucky enough to witness this prolific polymath in full flow.
Cleveland born but New York incubated, O’Brien lucked into the assistant editorship of Interview magazine—where his boss was Warhol—while still studying film at Columbia University. His classmate Bob Colacello was offered the editorship after Warhol saw a flattering article the student had penned about his work. In a 2011 interview on The Sound of Young America podcast, O’Brien recalled: “They made Bob an offer, and Bob said, ‘Okay, but I’m going to need help, can I hire my friend Glenn?’ I went and met Andy and I guess I passed muster and there we were in business, making a magazine that we had to learn by doing.”
At Interview, O’Brien contributed a music column, Glenn O’Brien’s Beat, which helped parlay his move to Rolling Stone as New York bureau chief in 1974. He then moved to Oui magazine, and then High Times, of which he was briefly editor before becoming “editor-at-large”—a title he claimed to have invented (thus creating a debt owed by countless peripatetic responsibility-shy writers everywhere).
Later O’Brien partnered with Chris Stein of Blondie to launch TV Party, a live show broadcast weekly on public access channels. It ran between 1978 and 1982 and was populated by a fantasy pantheon of New York New Wave influencers including Debbie Harry, David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Steven Meisel, and Jean-Michel Basquiat (for whom O’Brien wrote the screenplay Downtown 81). Writing for Vice, O’Brien later characterized TV Party as: “Cursing, getting high, advocating subversion, being party desperadoes.” It also showcased his facility for rolling enormous joints with total artistry.
O’Brien emerged at a time when the boundaries between fashion and the arts were more fluid than now. He soon found a métier straddling these boundaries through the connective membrane of advertising, conceiving campaigns for houses—he was particularly proud of his work with Calvin Klein—and as the creative director of advertising for Barneys New York.
A constant onrush of collaborative flourishing continued—he edited Madonna’s book Sex, cofounded Spin magazine, and was creative director of Island Records for two years—while writing on art, music, advertising, and fashion for a myriad of clients and publications. Perhaps his single most enduring professional relationship was with the Style Guy column, a format he conceived and introduced to Details magazine as contributing editor in 1996. He later divorced Details and took the column to GQ, where it flourished happily until 2015.
In 2011, he told AnOther magazine: “Sometimes people use the expression ‘pop culture’ to diminish contemporary expression, but pop culture is simply living culture. Culture is culture, and fashion is a big part of it.” O’Brien was a big part of it, too.

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Wow, such sad news! RIP Glenn. What I don't see mentioned in this article is his Maxim stint, a position he presumably kept until his death. After Kate Lanphear left, he took over from her and oversaw the new redesign.

He will be missed in men's magazine world!

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