The Velvet Underground

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The antithesis of late-60s west coast love and peace, New York, USA’s the Velvet Underground portrayed a darker side to that era’s hedonism. Their pulsating drive married with intellectual precision and resulted in one of rock’s most innovative and lasting catalogues. Lou Reed (Lewis Allen Rabinowitz, 2 March 1942, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA; guitar/vocals) and John Cale (b. 9 March 1942, Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales; viola, bass, organ) provided a contrast in personality and approach that ensured the band’s early notoriety. Reed was a contract songwriter and performer at Pickwick Records, responsible for a series of budget-priced recordings issued under several names, the best-known of which was the Primitives. Cale, a classically trained child prodigy, had secured a scholarship to study in America, but was drawn into the band’s nascent circle when he contributed a viola passage to Reed’s anti-dance composition...

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