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New York City (1965 – 1973, 1992 – 1995)

The Velvet Underground was a pioneering band from New York City first active from 1965 to 1973. Its best-known lineup consisted of vocalist/guitarist Lou Reed, bassist/violist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker. The band also collaborated with Nico for their debut album in 1967, under the supervision of producer and pop artist Andy Warhol.

Some see The Velvet Underground as being a bridge between the pacifist themes of the late 60s and the sheer chaos and indifference of the mid-70s movement.

The Velvet Underground was one of the first music groups to experiment heavily with the form by incorporating influences. The group’s often raw, sometimes difficult sound would influence many later , , and music performers, and singer Lou Reed’s lyrics brought new levels of social realism and sleaze to rock. Critics Scott Isler and Ira Robbins argue that “The Velvet Underground marked a turning point in rock history. After the release of The Velvet Underground & Nico knowing the power of which it was capable, the music could never be as innocent, as unselfconscious as before.”

Pre-history (1964-1965)

The foundations for what would become The Velvet Underground were laid in late 1964.

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  • jonathan-adam

    Sweet Jane <3

    10 Apr 7:20pm Reply
  • dschr

    @buckshot_shorty: Always refreshing when a 19 year old boy uses the word 'overrated'.

    9 Apr 8:54am Reply
  • FoolmeThrice

    lou reed is literally such an amazing person. i know right now he's chilling in another existence with jesus and napoleon

    4 Apr 8:15pm Reply
  • Cassandra-Leo

    gods damn that MGM/Verve vinyl box sounds amazing

    2 Apr 12:27pm Reply
  • Alex-Voronov

    Альбом, там где нарисован банан, самый крутой.

    28 Mar 7:13pm Reply
  • FinalBloodbath

    If I could make the world as pure and strange as what I see, I'd put you in the mirror, I put in front of me.

    27 Mar 3:50am Reply
  • IBlueray

    I think Eno also said that even though only 30,000 albums were sold, everyone of those who bought the album started a band

    22 Mar 4:12pm Reply
  • rhayader18

    v because what they created back in the 60's was so original and emotional yet simple and universal that it highly influenced a lot of Rock music that came after them: Alternative, Indie, Punk, glam, art rock, noise rock, post punk, post rock, ... are just a few of rock sub-genres that owe something to the Velvet Underground. The amount and diversity of musicians influenced by Velvet Underground remains unbelievably high even right now. The Velvet Underground basically created a new definition of music with their first 3 studio albums.

    14 Mar 9:33pm Reply
  • SenhorZen

    Trying to understand why they are considered so important, yes, I'm ignorant when it comes to music. Can someone explain me?

    13 Mar 9:23pm Reply
  • thelionrampant

    Here comes something: You are Lou Reed

    12 Mar 11:22am Reply
  • ShuriK_Minsk

    Cause it makes me feel like I'm a man

    6 Mar 1:10pm Reply
  • vityapro

    RiP

    2 Mar 2:54pm Reply
  • WaldoJeffers_X

    v Estoy de acuerdo con este usuario.

    2 Mar 1:31pm Reply
  • hulkson

    Sostengo que, indudablemente, ésta es la mejor banda de la historia.

    2 Mar 4:32am Reply
  • WarriorJones

    There are days that I'm so hopelessly in love with this band that I don't want to think of any other musician or musical group. It saddens me that this band ended many a year ago, long before I was even alive and could theoretically experience them in person... but the music lives forever, or until the planet blows up, anyway!

    28 Feb 3:23am Reply
  • virtualNit

    Sunday Morning <3

    22 Feb 12:57pm Reply
  • RussellChap

    UV and Loaded are so pedestrian...yuck

    19 Feb 9:43pm Reply
  • MickyDolenz

    Loaded.

    19 Feb 4:03pm Reply
  • CoryellsGhost

    What a fucking weird band. They're huge growers though. I went from being perplexed about VU&Nico to genuinely loving the hell out of it. The other two after it are great too.

    19 Feb 3:29am Reply
  • c0c0butter

    lol

    15 Feb 4:28pm Reply
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