Glenn O'Brien, was a respected cultural tastemaker in NYC, and spotted trends before anyone else. He edited for "Rolling Stone," Andy Warhol's "Interview," and little know fact -- he was the brains behind Madonna's "Sex" art book. He was a fixture of both New York's punk and art scenes and hosted the public access show TV Party which was a Wayne's World for the late-'70s cutting edge art scene. And he was a great writer with a very light touch.
I interview him years ago for a book on men's style and etiquette and I remember him giving a great interview, then spending an extra hour talking to me off the record about NYC gossip on people like David Johannsen's Buster Poindexter years, Andy Warhol's final years, Madonna, Jean Michel-Basquiat, and Michael "Party Monster" Alig during the crazy NYC club wars.
He died at the age of 70 last night. O'Brien was been battling a serious illness for years, ArtNews reports, with the writer ultimately succumbing to complications from pneumonia, according to his wife Gina Nanni.