By Rob Jovanovic
With particular new interviews from the band, it is a beautiful account of 1 of the main influential teams in rock historical past.
Brian Eno famously acknowledged “the first Velvet Underground album purely offered 10,000 copies, yet every person who got it shaped a band.” probably no different musicians can declare such constrained chart luck and so enduring a musical legacy because the Velvet Underground. Artists together with David Bowie, The intercourse Pistols, pleasure department, Roxy tune, Nirvana, U2, R.E.M., or even dissident Czech playwright and eventual president Václav Havel have pointed out the Velvets as a huge influence.
Seeing the Light provides the untold tale of the band. shaped by means of the mercurial Lou Reed and classically expert Welshman John Cale within the mid-1960s, the band first won notoriety after being followed via Andy Warhol. Warhol’s patronage allowed the gang to chart unexplored areas of rock ’n’ roll, generating unforgettable and unsettling tune that veered from droning, avant-garde experimentalism to folk-infused pop, supplying taboo-busting stories of drug habit, prostitution, and sexual deviance. artistic tensions and annoyed ambition finally observed either Cale and Reed go away the band, to its ignominious end.
In the many years because, The Velvet Underground’s song has attained vintage prestige, respected along The Beatles and The seashore Boys as one of many resources of contemporary pop. With particular new interviews from participants Moe Tucker and Doug yuletide, in addition to the widow in their bandmate Sterling Morrison, journalist Rob Jovanovic peels again the mystique of 1 of crucial bands in rock heritage.
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