The Velvet Underground

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The Velvet Underground were an avant-garde New York City band whose unconventional and screeching sounds paved and shaped the roads of “underground” Rock and Roll. Beginning in small clubs and bars around NYC, the band originally enjoyed a cult like following of dedicated fans, who rejoiced in a sound that, at the time, was deemed “undanceable” and ludicrous by mainstream media. Eventually, the band emerged from the cracks and shadows of Greenwich Village to form a union with the infamous Andy Warhol, whose notoriety catapulted the group of experimentalists to new and unseen heights. As they linked up to travel the Unites States, they overwhelmed audiences everywhere with a surreal concoction of images, films, lighting effects, and music, known as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable tour. Warhol also introduced the band to the young Nico, creating a partnership that went on to produce the coveted “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album, which is considered one of the most influential albums of all time. Fifty years later and The Velvet Underground’s works continue to inject their nonconformist and unique sounds into the ears of indie kids around the globe. With not only a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction under their belt but also four albums in the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, The Velvet Underground still influences a younger generation of artists, who one can only hope will uphold the underground’s tradition of challenging and piercing the conventional boundaries of not only music, but creativity as a whole.

"Sunday Morning"

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In honor of The Velvet Underground's upcoming Lifetime Achievement award from the Recording Academy / GRAMMYs, the song "Sunday Morning" is featured on the GRAMMYs Gold playlist.

open.spotify.com In honor of The Velvet Underground's upcoming Lifetime Achievement award from The Grammys, the song "Sunday Morning" is featured on this Grammys Gold playlist.

Velvet Underground, Sly Stone Receive Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

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The Velvet Undergound to receive Recording Academy / GRAMMYs Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.

"Despite a relatively brief lifespan and limited commercial success, the Velvet Underground are now recognized as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. Comprising Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen 'Moe' Tucker, the band was, perhaps, ahead of their time, both visually and sonically. Often dubbed the quintessential proto-punk band, they've continued to be the benchmark for countless modern-rock movements over the past 50 years." - The Recording Academy

www.rollingstone.com The Velvet Underground, Sly Stone and Nina Simone are among the artists receiving the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Awards in 2017.

John Cale Tears Up His Past

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"John Cale-who at 74 is every bit as visionary and subversive as the young Welsh expat who co-founded the Velvet Underground in 1964-is not afraid of the past."

John Cale spoke with Interview Magazine - read the full interview below.

www.interviewmagazine.com John Cale-who at 74 is every bit as visionary and subversive as the young Welsh expat who co-founded the Velvet Underground in 1964-is not afraid of the past.

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John Cale and special guests present 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' 50th Anniversary Concert in Liverpool. Tickets are now on sale. http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/John-Cale-tickets/artist/734685?tm_link=artist_artistvenue_module

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John Cale and special guests present 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' 50th Anniversary Concert. Presale info and further details here: goo.gl/F4HaH9

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Remembering Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison this week. RIP August 29, 1942 – August 30, 1995

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Band Members

Lou Reed
John Cale
Sterling Morrison
Angus MacLise
Maureen Tucker
Doug Yule
Walter Powers
Willie Alexander
Nico

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Universal Music Enterprises

General Manager

Andy Warhol
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