Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground was one of the most iconic rock bands of the late 60s. Based in New York City and managed by Andy Warhol, the band's first line up was formed by Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker.

A musical staple at parties held at Warhol's Factory and the Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. In 1967 German singer Nico (who had a small role near the end of Fellini's "La Dolce Vita") joined the band (for their debut album only) after it was suggested by Andy Warhol.

Their debut album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" is one of the most popular in music history due to its Warhol cover art which features a banana.

By 1970 the band had undergone many changes; Warhol had stopped managing the band in 1968; Nico, Lou Reed, and John Cale were no longer band members. The Velvet Undergound stepped away in 1973 and made some brief comebacks during the 90s.

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