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The Velvet Underground: New York Art

Edited by Johan Kugelberg, Foreword by Lou Reed, Contribution by Vaclav Havel, Maureen Tucker and Jon Savage

  • October 9, 2009
  • Hardcover
  • Music - Rock
  • Rizzoli
  • 9 x 12
  • $50.00
  • $62.00
  • 978-0-8478-3084-8

About This Book

The Velvet Underground is an astonishing assembly of rare objects and artworks and the first book of its scale to document the formative years of the band Time Out magazine named the greatest New York musicians of all time. From never-before-seen photographs of the band’s first live show in New York to Andy Warhol’s cover and poster designs, Lou Reed’s handwritten music and lyrics, underground press clippings and controversial reviews, flyers, handbills, and posters, the materials here comprise a uniquely comprehensive survey of the first rock group ever to transcend the genre and embrace underground popular culture. Including a conversation recorded especially for the book between founding members Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker, this beautifully illustrated book is the first to present a definitive picture of the band’s genesis and development in the extraordinary New York scene of the mid- to late-1960s.

About the Author

Lou Reed, and Maureen Tucker were key members of the Velvet Underground.

Johan Kugelberg is the author of Born in the Bronx, also published by Rizzoli.

Vaclav Havel is a playwright and author, and was the first president of the Czech Republic.

Jon Savage is the author of several books, including England’s Dreaming.

Reviews

  • "This is a handsome book with more full-color images than a strong acid trip.  If you dig on The Velvets, you should buy it." ~Dazed & Confused

    "The book has minimal text (including an exclusive interview between bandmates Lou Reed and Maureen Tucker).  The strength lies in the knockout imagery.  It visually traces the narrative of the group, and of the '60s era itself.  The wraparound-sunglasses, all-black amphetamine cool of their early days as Andy Warhol's house band, to the bell-bottom jamming of their swan song period." ~Raw

    The Velvet Underground: New York Art is the ultimate visual biography of the greatest rock band in history. The new hardcover tome was lovingly and exhaustingly compiled by Johannes Kugelberg who managed to unearth a staggering amount of never-before-scene images.” ~VMAN

    “The reunion of the legendary New York band comes on the heels of the publication of The Velvet Underground: New York Art, a compendium of previously unseen photographs, poster and cover designs by Andy Warhol, Lou Reed's handwritten music and lyrics, underground press clippings and other reviews, flyers, handbills and posters.  The book, published by Italian book house Rizzoli, also contains a recorded conversation between Reed and Tucker, as well as contributions from former Czech president Vaclav Havel and author Jon Savage.” ~Billboard

    "The Velvet Underground is now the subject of a hefty coffee table book from Rizzoli. As could be expected for a volume commemorating perhaps the first and definitely the ur-art rock band, it’s handsome and heavy and comes in a limited edition of 400, complete with a seven-inch 45, for $300. (There’s also a trade edition for $50).  The book is a collection of Velvet Underground ephemera: posters, screen prints, photographs, ticket stubs, record covers, alternative record covers, film stills, letters and lyric sheets — essentially a lavishly printed and protracted set of liner notes... But perhaps the most poignant parts of the monograph are those wistful moments when you can see that the rock gods are mere mortals after all" ~New York Times
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