The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground



The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in 1964 in New York City by singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965). The band's integration of rock and the avant-garde achieved little commercial success during their existence,[5] but they are now recognized as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, experimental, and alternative music.[6] The provocative subject matter, musical experimentation, and often nihilistic attitudes explored in the band's work would prove influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music.[5]

The band was initially active between 1965 and 1973, and was briefly managed by the pop artist Andy Warhol, serving as the house band at the Factory and Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable events from 1966 to 1967. Their debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (with German born singer and model Nico), was released in 1967 to critical indifference and poor sales, but over time has been critically acclaimed; it was called the "most prophetic rock album ever made" by Rolling Stone in 2003.[7][8] In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[9] In 2017, a study of AllMusic's catalog indicated the Velvet Underground as the 5th most frequently cited artist influence in its database.[10] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 by Patti Smith.



The Ultimate Collection
The Ultimate Collection is an album by musical group The Velvet Underground, released on April 21, 2017.
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by American rock band the Velvet Underground, released in March 1967 by Verve Records.
White Light/White Heat
White Light/White Heat is the second studio album by American rock band the Velvet Underground, released in 1968 by record label Verve.
The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground is the self-titled third album by American rock group the Velvet Underground.

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Review: John Cale of the Velvet Underground, Still Bristling at 75
  –  November 21, 2017
Mr. Cale left the Velvet Underground in 1968; he hasn’t stopped making music. Saturday’s concert, billed (eight months late) as Mr. Cale’s “75th Birthday Celebration,” offered no nostalgia, only intransigence. He opened the show with an extended ...
John Cale performs The Velvet Underground & Nico with Sky Ferriera MGMT, Animal Collective: Watch
  –  November 19, 2017
John Cale performed the first of a two-night residency at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last night, during which The Velvet Underground co-founder was joined by the likes of Animal Collective, Sky Ferreira, Kurt Vile, Connan Mockassin, Chairlift’s ...
John Cale Announces 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' 50th Anniversary Shows With Animal Collective, MGMT & More
  –  November 11, 2017
... to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band's iconic album The Velvet Underground & Nico, which will be performed in its entirety on Nov. 16 and 17 at Brooklyn Academy of Music. In addition to those performances, Cale will also have his own birthday ...
John Cale to Celebrate ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ With Special Guests MGMT, Animal Collective, Kurt Vile (EXCLUSIVE)
  –  November 10, 2017
John Cale will celebrate both his 75th birthday and the 50th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album across three nights next week (Nov. 16-18) at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). While the first two ...

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