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The Velvet Underground

About

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in New York City in 1964. The original line-up consisted of singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise. MacLise was replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965, who played on most of the band's recordings. Their integration of rock and the avant-garde achieved little commercial success during the group's existence, but they are now recognized as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, experimental, and alternative music. The group's provocative subject matter, musical experiments, and often nihilistic attitudes also proved influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music.Originally, the group performed under a number of names before settling on The Velvet Underground in 1965. Pop artist Andy Warhol became their manager in 1966, and they served as the house band at Warhol's art collective known as "the Factory" and Warhol's traveling multimedia show, the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, from 1966 to 1967. Their debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (with German singer and model Nico), was released in 1967 to critical indifference and poor sales but has since drawn wide acclaim. They released three more albums, White Light/White Heat (1968), The Velvet Underground (1969), and Loaded (1970), with Doug Yule replacing Cale for the final two, and with none performing up to the expectations of record labels or of Reed, the band's leader.

The group functionally disbanded in the early 1970s as everyone except Yule left the band. An abortive UK tour with Yule as the band leader and with new musicians followed in 1973, and a final album released in the band's name, Squeeze (1973), consisting mostly of Yule with a few session musicians, marked the end of the band for some time. All of the members continued to collaborate on each other's solo work throughout the 1970s and 1980s, and a retrospective "rarities" album, VU, was released in 1985. A full reunion of the band came in the early 1990s, with the Reed-Cale-Tucker-Morrison lineup playing a series of well-received shows in 1993, and releasing a live album from the tour, Live MCMXCIII.

After Morrison's death in 1995, the remaining three members played together for a single performance at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1996, the last time the band performed together musically. In 2004, the Velvet Underground were ranked number 19 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The New York Times wrote that the Velvet Underground was "arguably the most influential American rock band of our time".

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July 18, 2022

Listen to Lou Reed’s earliest known demo of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin’

It is the latest taste of the forthcoming ‘Words & Music, May 1965’ collection The post Listen to Lou Reed’s earliest known demo of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin’ appeared first on NME.

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June 19, 2022

Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck cover The Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus in Furs’

It appears on the pair's upcoming collaborative album, '18' The post Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck cover The Velvet Underground’s ‘Venus in Furs’ appeared first on NME.

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June 6, 2022

New Lou Reed album to feature never-before-heard material and early versions of iconic songs

The earliest known recording of The Velvet Underground's 'I'm Waiting For The Man' offers a taste of 'Words & Music, May 1965' The post New Lou Reed album to feature never-before-heard material and early versions of iconic songs appeared first on NME.

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May 23, 2022

Norman Dolph, early Velvet Underground producer, has died

Dolph was heavily involved in the organisation of early sessions for 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' The post Norman Dolph, early Velvet Underground producer, has died appeared first on NME.

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February 11, 2022

Here’s a trailer for the new ‘Rip It Up And Start Again’ documentary

Based on the 2005 book of the same name, the film includes music from Patti Smith, The Velvet Underground and more The post Here’s a trailer for the new ‘Rip It Up And Start Again’ documentary appeared first on NME.

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December 22, 2021

Films About Billie Eilish, The Velvet Underground & More Shortlisted for Documentary Feature Oscar

'Summer of Soul' won two awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and is nominated for a Grammy.

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December 8, 2021

Documentaries on Billie Eilish, Tina Turner and more eligible for 2022 Oscars

Documentaries on The Velvet Underground, Sparks and Brian Wilson are also eligible for nomination The post Documentaries on Billie Eilish, Tina Turner and more eligible for 2022 Oscars appeared first on NME.

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October 20, 2021

Todd Haynes’ The Velvet Underground Breathes New Life Into a Beloved Band

The documentary, now streaming on Apple TV+, is a visual feast of mid-century art and music. Haynes inherently understands the Velvets.

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Discs

Venus In Furs (Live)

May 3, 2019

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Live at Max's Kansas City (Expanded; 2015 Remaster)

January 19, 2016

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Sweet Jane (Early Version Remix)

October 28, 2015

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Rock & Roll (Mono)

October 21, 2015

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I'm Sticking With You (Session Outtakes)

October 7, 2015

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The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary / Super Deluxe)

November 24, 2014

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The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary / Deluxe Edition)

November 24, 2014

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White Light / White Heat (Super Deluxe)

December 10, 2013

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White Light / White Heat

January 1, 2013

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MCMXCIII (Live)

November 26, 1993

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Another View

September 1, 1986

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VU

February 2, 1985

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1969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed Vol. 2

September 1, 1974

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1969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed Vol. 1

September 1, 1974

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Squeeze

January 1, 1973

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Loaded: Re-Loaded 45th Anniversary Edition

January 1, 1970

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Loaded (2015 Remaster)

January 1, 1970

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The Velvet Underground (45th Anniversary)

January 1, 1969

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The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition)

March 12, 1967

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The Velvet Underground & Nico (45th Anniversary / Super Deluxe Edition)

March 12, 1967

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The Velvet Underground & Nico 45th Anniversary

March 12, 1967

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