07 April 2010

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground & Nico   The Velvet Underground   The Very Best of the Velvet Underground

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND was a 1960's experimental band associated with pop artist Andy Warhol. Their name came from a paperback book they found on the street. The book was about sex in America and just hit them as sounding right.

This New York group was the most seminal band in alternative rock music. Their first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967), is now widely considered to be one of the most important albums in the history of rock music.

The Velvet Underground were managed by renowned pop-artist Andy Warhol, who designed the now-iconic 'peeling banana' cover for the album, and insisted his German model protégé Nico was to sing on three songs. Her unique, deep voice and Lou Reed's deadpan vocals discussed taboo themes over John Cale's droning viola and deliberately detuned guitars, for a distinctive sound that pre-empted various strands of alternative rock by at least a decade.

The Velvet Underground Store


1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 2

MUSIC
The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico
White Light/White Heat
The Very Best of the Velvet Underground
Loaded
VU
Peel Slowly and See
Loaded (2-CD Fully Loaded Edition)
1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 1
1969: Velvet Underground Live, Vol. 2
The Singles 1966-1969
The Velvet Underground - Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCIII


BOOKS
The Velvet Underground: New York Art
The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a Walk on the Wild Side
All Yesterdays' Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print, 1966-1971
Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story
c/o The Velvet Underground, New York, NY
The Velvet Underground: Deluxe Edition
The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground Companion
The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground
The Complete Guide to the Music of the Velvet Underground


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