When viewing the Andy Warhol 32 soup can exhibit at the MOCA recently, NFTF couldn’t help but muse as to how much influence Warhol’s mastery has had on the music industry and rock artists. There are several bands/musicians such as the Doors that were known fanciers of Studio 54 and The Factory, but there were also other acts that sported his artistic mastery as their album covers. Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and Nico and was the one to develop the famous “Banana” album cover, he’s the one that designed the Rolling Stones’ “Sticky Fingers” album cover as well as being credited for art work and paintings on Debbie Harry’s “Rockbird”. One cannot forget Edie Sedgwick, Warhol “It Girl”, and her influence on the Cult’s homage to her as well as Patti Smith’s homage to Warhol on “15 Minutes”. Come to think of it, that axiom has had quite a strong showing as a quote and artistic inspiration. Lou Reed could not have avoided being influenced by Warhol given the amount of time he spent with the artist. Steven Tyler, Aerosmith frontman, has had his Warhol fringe experience as well and talks about it in a recently published book titled “Is The Noise In My Head Bothering You”. Although known as a East Coast artist, Warhol does have his L.A. connections. Warhol had a showing of his Pop Art soup can collection at the Ferus Gallery in 1962 and was its West Coast premiere. In addition, L.A. City Councilman and Mayoral candidate Joel Wachs is now the president of The Andy Warhol Foundation For The Visual Arts. Wachs currently performs his presidential duties in New York. Has any other artist had such a progressive influence on the rock scene art of today? Who knows if some young up and coming artist will found a new movement such as Warhol did with Robert Rauschenburg, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein with the Pop Art Movement. Yes, Yoko Ono has held a bit of sway artistically speaking, but that is more about performance art than that of the Warhol Movement. And yes, Carlos Santana and Jerry Garcia have had some minor successes, but, again not like Warhol. Perhaps a new artistic movement linked up with the rock music scene is just what the industry needs to perk it up and make it relevant again.