[September 1, 2009]
The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground has recently been getting more attention, as
indie rock has climbed to pop status. Indie rock is only one of many
genres influenced greatly by the VU, but like a famous painter they
never saw much success when they were out there doing it. The story
of NYC's original hipsters is now chronicled in an illustrated book
by Voyager Press, The Velvet Underground: An Illustrated History of a
Walk on the Wild Side.
The book features 304 pages of unreleased photographs of the band's
first live show, Andy Warhol's artwork, underground press clipping,
flyers and original band reviews. For the obsessed fans there are
reprints of Lou Reed's handwritten music and excerpts from Andy
Warhol's memoirs. There is also conversation recorded for the book
between lead guitarist Lou Reed and violinist John Cale. Dummer
Maureen Tucker tops it off by contributing her own writings to the project.
The Velvet's franchise legacy is pale in comparison to the massive,
money making empires of their 1960's contemporaries, staying true
beatniks to the very end. Besides The Velvet Underground Box Set Peel
Slowly And See, the illustrated book is the first to offer a behind
the scenes look at these illusive rock icons. The book sells for
about $24 so even PBR drinking art school drop outs can afford one a copy.
Find out more at Voyageur Press