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The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground are one of the 20th century’s most influential bands, even though nobody paid attention to them back when they were making records in the ‘60s. The original lineup led by Lou Reed (which saw a couple of changes before the band broke up in the early ‘70s) made only four albums, but they helped shape the course that punk, art and indie rock took in the years to come. Their debut album, 1967’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ includes songs about drug addicts, transvestites and hookers; its 1968 follow-up, ‘White Light / White Heat,’ is even darker. For their last two albums, a 1969 self-titled LP and 1970’s ‘Loaded,’ the band headed in a more pastoral and folksy direction, even managing a pair of classic songs in ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Rock & Roll.’ All these years later, their influence is still being felt.

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Rhino

Velvet Underground’s ‘Loaded’ to Receive ‘Re-Loaded’ 45th Anniversary Reissue

The Velvet Underground's Loaded is turning 45 in style.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

47 Years Ago: The Velvet Underground Make a Glorious Racket With ‘White Light, White Heat’

If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear.

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Win ‘The Velvet Underground’ Super Deluxe Edition

Last month, the Velvet Underground released a 45th anniversary Super Deluxe edition of their self-titled 1969 album.

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Velvet Underground’s Third Album to Get Super-Deluxe Reissue Next Month

Just as the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light / White Heat,' received a massive expansion last year, the band's third album is getting a six-disc super-deluxe reissue overhaul just in time for the gift-giving season.

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Polydor/Universal Music

40 Years Ago : ’1969: The Velvet Underground Live’ is Released

The Velvet Underground released a live album from five-year old tapes in Sept. 1974.

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YouTube

Macaulay Culkin’s Velvet Underground Cover Act Booed Off Stage

Actor Macaulay Culkin's band the Pizza Underground was booed off stage and pelted with beer during their recent set at the Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham, England.

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45 Years Ago: ‘The Velvet Underground’ Released

The Velvet Underground released their album known as 'VU' in March 1969.

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Universal Music
Universal Music

Hear a Velvet Underground Rarity From Their New Box Set

The Velvet Underground will release a three-disc 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their landmark 1968 album 'White Light / White Heat' tomorrow. Included in the set is a live disc recorded at a 1967 show. You can hear the seven-minute rarity 'I'm Not a Young Man Anymore' above.

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The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light / White Heat: 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition’ – Album Review

'The Velvet Underground & Nico' may be the preeminent noise band's best and most celebrated album, but their second LP, released in 1968, is their most abrasive. And by turn, it's their most representative -- a staggering work of controlled chaos and meditative fragility.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Former Velvet Underground Drummer Moe Tucker Pays Tribute to Lou Reed

When a famous person dies, too often the tributes from colleagues past and present read like canned statements, with little insight into the deceased’s life or character. However, Moe Tucker, former drummer for the Velvet Underground, went into considerable detail about Lou Reed, who passed away on Oct. 27.

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