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Thursday, October 30 2014

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for November and December 2014

In the last installment of "Listening Ahead" of 2014, read up on new albums by Marianne Faithfull and Andy Stott, as well as comprehensive boxsets of the third Velvet Underground album and the Bedhead catalog.


Wednesday, May 2 2012

Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

With exclusive new interviews from Velvet Underground, this is a captivating account of one of the most influential groups in rock history.


Monday, November 24 2008

Day One: Frank Zappa to The Band

A Sgt. Pepper's-inspired satire…a platter of pure soul sizzle…the second act of rock's Warhol-weaned avant-garde…the beautiful noise of two voices in unison…and a backup 'band' comes into their own. Five definitive LPs -- five statements of solid rock royalty.


Monday, August 13 2007

All Tomorrow's Parties: The Warhol Years 1965–1967, Part Two

In the second of two exclusive PopMatters book excerpts from The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground, Hogan offers a who's who of Andy Warhol's Factory people.


Sunday, August 12 2007

All Tomorrow's Parties: The Warhol Years 1965–1967, Part One

In the first of two exclusive PopMatters book excerpts from The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground, Hogan details the energizing effect that meeting Andy Warhol had on the Velvet Underground's career. Stay tuned for part two tomorrow.


Columns

Thursday, February 11 2010

The Velvet Underground's Lost Chapter

Putting aside the music, the history of the Velvet Underground is marked not by innovation or inspiration, but by frustration and disappointment.


Sunday, March 29 2009

Time for a Repress: ‘The Gilded Palace of Sin’

For people lucky enough to stumble upon the Flying Burrito Brothers, they made country cool. The music's simplicity and emotive directness, often derided and mocked by hipsters, could now be valid, vital and mean something to a modern audience.


Reviews

Tuesday, November 25 2014

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground - 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Few bands ever had a year like the Velvet Underground did in 1969. Even fewer have a set that documents a year like that as beautifully as this one.


Tuesday, December 3 2013

The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

It's been 45 years, and we're still trying to figure this record out, but this expansive edition gives us the clearest picture of the band's murky sophomore record. It reveals the group's thorny vision for the album and perfectly honors the late Lou Reed.


Wednesday, June 6 2012

The Straightest of Rock Bios: 'Seeing The Light: Inside The Velvet Underground'

Rob Jovanovic’s main contribution to The Velvet Underground story may be the attention he devotes to the post-Velvet Underground lives and careers of individual band members, particularly Sterling Morrison, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule.


Sunday, April 23 2006

The Velvet Underground: Under Review [DVD]

Yes, it would have been nice if the Velvet Underground had made 10 million dollars, but it's even better that they made music that still influences people today.


Tuesday, February 28 2006

The Velvet Underground: Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCIII [DVD]

That these concerts happened was an amazing thing and this is a fitting, worthwhile document.


Blogs

Friday, May 23 2014

Counterbalance: 'The Velvet Underground'

Put jelly on your shoulder, lie down upon the carpet and dig into the Velvet Underground’s eponymous third album. A 1969 classic is this week’s Counterbalance.


Thursday, January 9 2014

Lou Reed Owned the '70s

Perhaps because it represented his formation as a solo artist, his manifestation of “Lou Reed”, as opposed to “Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground”, Reed owned the '70s more than any other decade.


Wednesday, October 6 2010

Counterbalance No. 4: 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'

The Velvet Underground & Nico's self-titled debut album -- number four on the list -- started out as all hype thanks to Andy Warhol but somehow managed to become one of the most influential records of all time. Has this record outlasted its 15 minutes of fame? Peel slowly and see!


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