Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

Rob Jovanovic

With particular new interviews from the band, it is a attractive account of 1 of the main influential teams in rock historical past.

Brian Eno famously stated "the first Velvet Underground album purely offered 10,000 copies, yet all people who got it shaped a band." possibly no different musicians can declare such constrained chart good fortune and so enduring a musical legacy because the Velvet Underground. Artists together with David Bowie, The intercourse Pistols, pleasure department, Roxy tune, Nirvana, U2, R.E.M., or even dissident Czech playwright and eventual president Václav Havel have stated the Velvets as a massive influence.

Seeing the Light offers the untold tale of the band. shaped through the mercurial Lou Reed and classically educated Welshman John Cale within the mid-1960s, the band first received notoriety after being followed by way of Andy Warhol. Warhol's patronage allowed the crowd to chart unexplored areas of rock 'n' roll, generating unforgettable and unsettling song that veered from droning, avant-garde experimentalism to folk-infused pop, delivering taboo-busting stories of drug habit, prostitution, and sexual deviance. inventive tensions and annoyed ambition finally observed either Cale and Reed go away the band, to its ignominious end.

In the a long time due to the fact that, The Velvet Underground's track has attained vintage prestige, respected along The Beatles and The seashore Boys as one of many resources of contemporary pop. With particular new interviews from individuals Moe Tucker and Doug xmas, in addition to the widow in their bandmate Sterling Morrison, journalist Rob Jovanovic peels again the mystique of 1 of an important bands in rock history.

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