The Velvet Underground Biography

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although experiencing little commercial success while together, the band is often cited by many critics as one of the most important and influential groups of all time. In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the oft-repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and it was the house band at his studio, the Factory, and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable events. The provocative lyrics of some of the band's songs gave a nihilistic outlook to some of their music.

Their 1967 debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (which featured German singer Nico, with whom the band collaborated), was named the 13th Greatest Album of All Time, and the "most prophetic rock album ever made" by Rolling Stone in 2003. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the band No. 19 on its list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by Patti Smith.

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Velvet Underground drummer Moe Tucker pays tribute to Lou Reed

'It doesn't seem right that I won't be sending him a Christmas card,' says former bandmate

  • Dec 16, 2013

Lost Velvet Underground track 'I'm Not A Young Man Anymore' revealed – listen

Live rarity will appear on forthcoming 45th anniversary reissue of 'White Light/ White Heat'

  • Nov 27, 2013

Previously unheard Velvet Underground tracks to feature on 'White Light/White Heat' reissue

A three-disc version of the album will be released on December 2

  • Oct 3, 2013

The Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol Foundation settle banana logo dispute out of court

The two parties have come to an agreement over the iconic symbol from the artwork for 'The Velvet Underground And Nico'

  • May 30, 2013

The Velvet Underground lose copyright claim over iconic banana symbol

Judge dismisses claim by defunct band over rights to the Andy Warhol image from their 1967 album

  • Sep 11, 2012

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