Nicholas Taylor – “The Velvet Underground in New York, New York in the Velvet Underground” (2002)

September 14, 2010 at 10:37 am (Music, Reviews & Articles)

A Feb. 7, 2002 article on The Velvet Underground and their relationship to NYC, from the PopMatters website…

If you want to write the story of the Velvet Underground, you have to begin far beyond any of the physical things that actually happened. You first have to look at New York City, the mother which spawned them, which gave them its inner fire, creating an umbilical attachment of emotion to a monstrous hulk of urban sprawl. You have to walk its streets, ride its subways, see it bustling and alive in the day, cold and haunted at night. And you have to love it, embrace and recognize its strange power, for there, if anywhere, will you find the roots
—Lenny Kaye

Deep in the recesses of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, lies an unpublished, typewritten essay on popular music written in 1966 by Lou Reed, lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Velvet Underground. He discusses the differences between the rock music produced on the East Coast versus the West Coast, how Read the rest of this entry »

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