Velvet Underground

Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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Street Artist Marks 50th Anniversary of ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’ with Bananas and Song Quotes

Posted March 13, 2017 at 5:04 am

Yesterday marked the fiftieth anniversary of seminal rock record, The Velvet Underground & Nico. In celebration of this milestone, music-minded street artist JayShells shadowed the New York City landmarks relevant to the band, and bolted token Andy Warhol bananas as identifiers (i.e. the iconic album cover). Each piece contains a lyric inscription, and is located […]

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Filmmakers Explore Velvet Underground’s First Concert in a NJ High School with Animated Doc

Posted March 21, 2016 at 9:28 am

Arguably one of the most influential cult bands of all time, everything Velvet Underground is nostalgic, holy, and romanticized. Not just the music, the incubator Warhol scene, or the band’s place in it. We must head further back in time. Fifty years, to be precise. To an unlikely place. Back to a high school in […]

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CBS News Investigated ‘Underground Film’ Movement 50 Years Ago, Met Andy Warhol and Velvet Underground

Posted October 28, 2015 at 10:22 am

Exactly fifty years ago, the CBS Evening News – chaired by Walter Cronkite – dispatched Dave Dugan to the East Village (that neighborhood name was still in infancy). The correspondent was tasked with investigating the crazy new phenomenon dubbed “underground film.” The five-minute news piece is an intriguing time capsule – mainstream America peering into […]

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Former Velvet Underground Drummer Moe Tucker Pays Tribute to Lou Reed

Posted December 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

Nearly two months after we lost Lou Reed, his former Velvet Underground bandmate Moe Tucker penned a tearjerker of a tribute. Published Saturday in The Guardian, the drummer’s eulogy reveals the deep friendship between the musicians, and the group dynamic out there on the fringe of 1960s music scene. The full treatment is certainly worth […]

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Velvet Underground Bandmates and Friends Pay Tribute in BBC’s ‘Lou Reed Remembered’

Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

Almost two months after his death, finally, some programming about Lou Reed… In the new BBC Four documentary, Lou Reed Remembered, a collection of contemporaries will congregate to pay tribute to the late Velvets frontman. The hour-long program airs December 15 (9pm UK/4pm EST), and features contributions from former bandmates Mo Tucker and Doug Yule, […]

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Lou Reed’s Final Interview: ‘My Life is Music’ [VIDEO]

Posted November 14, 2013 at 10:07 am

As we continue to mourn the loss of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest, Lou Reed, his last interview is something that will surely put a smile on your face. It’s one that captured his abiding passion for his craft, not to mention his one-of-a-kind personality. On Saturday, September 21 in New York City, Reed […]

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Happy Birthday, Lou Reed

Posted March 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Today, Lou Reed celebrates his 68th birthday.  Happy birthday, dude!

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