Edie Sedgwick was born in 1943. She met Andy Warhol in 1965 and became one of the Factory regulars around March of that year. Warhol has often been blamed for Edie’s descent into drug addiction and mental illness but her family has a history of both.

She was first institutionalized in the autumn of 1962 suffering from anorexia and, like her brother, attended the Silver Hill mental hospital. Her condition deteriorated until she weighed only ninety pounds, at which time she was transferred to Bloomingdale, the Westchester Division of New York Hospital.

Silver Hill was fairly liberal but Bloomingdale was very strict. Paradoxically, near the end of her stay there she became pregnant and had to have an abortion.

Bob Dylan’s album Blonde on Blonde was released on May 16, 1966 and Edie is one of the women imaged on the inner sleeve. Some of the songs are rumoured to be about her. Nico thought that Dylan might have been referring to her in Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat. Others have claimed that the phrase “your debutante” on Stuck Inside of Mobile With the Memphis Blues Again refers to Edie. It’s also rumoured that just Like a Woman is about her.

Edie Sedgwick’s husband, Michael Post, woke up on the morning of November 16, 1971 to find her lying dead in bed next to him. The coronor classified her death as an “accident/suicide” caused by “acute barbituate intoxication.”

This video 0f “After Hours” is a weird-sexy-sad classic. The vocal is by Moe Tucker, drummer with the Velvets.

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