May 22, 2018
Q: Is this the end of Interview? A: Looks like it…
by Michael Barron
The art of the Q&A has been struck a blow by the announcement that Interview, the magazine known for pairing conversations between celebrities and icons with high-minded portrait photography, is folding. The news comes a year short of the publication’s fiftieth anniversary.
At the Observer, John Bonazzo reports that the glossy had been hit financially by a series of lawsuits from former employees. Claims of unpaid wages and invoices, intense staff turnover, and accusations of sexual misconduct have preceded today’s announcement. Bonazzo reports that the magazine is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
The magazine was founded in 1969 by Village Voice co-founder John Wilcock and artist Andy Warhol, who was known to distribute issues by hand to people on the street. It was sold to Brandt Publications in 1987, the year Warhol died.
Interview had a knack for interesting pairings — Solange and Beyoncé, Chris Rock and Prince, Seth Rogen and 21 Savage. Such juxtapositions may now become a rarity.
We would be remiss not to mention that our own Ross Simonini was also a contributor. Highly recommended is his interview with performance artist William Pope.L, famous for crawling the entire length of Manhattan on a skateboard.
Goodbye Interview. You will be missed.
Michael Barron is an editor at Melville House.