By Rob Jovanovic
With particular new interviews from the band, this can be a pleasing account of 1 of the main influential teams in rock heritage.
Brian Eno famously stated "the first Velvet Underground album basically offered 10,000 copies, yet everybody who acquired it shaped a band." probably no different musicians can declare such restricted chart luck and so enduring a musical legacy because the Velvet Underground. Artists together with David Bowie, The intercourse Pistols, pleasure department, Roxy track, Nirvana, U2, R.E.M., or even dissident Czech playwright and eventual president Václav Havel have mentioned the Velvets as an important influence.
Seeing the Light offers the untold tale of the band. shaped through the mercurial Lou Reed and classically proficient Welshman John Cale within the mid-1960s, the band first won notoriety after being followed through Andy Warhol. Warhol's patronage allowed the crowd to chart unexplored areas of rock 'n' roll, generating unforgettable and unsettling tune that veered from droning, avant-garde experimentalism to folk-infused pop, providing taboo-busting stories of drug habit, prostitution, and sexual deviance. artistic tensions and pissed off ambition ultimately observed either Cale and Reed go away the band, to its ignominious end.
In the a long time in view that, The Velvet Underground's tune has attained vintage prestige, respected along The Beatles and The seashore Boys as one of many assets of contemporary pop. With particular new interviews from contributors 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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