£14.99

ISBN13: 9781786751133

HB - 216 x 135 mm 

8pp colour insert

192pp 


Rights: World 

Rights Sold: UK


Market: Music, Popular Culture, Art

The Velvet Underground

by Chris Roberts

Over half a century since they exploded inevitably onto New York’s underground music and art scenes, the legacy and mythology of The Velvet Underground continues to resonate and grow, as new generations embrace their enigmatic command of the darkest strain of alternative cool. Lou Reed, John Cale, Nico, Sterling Morrison and Moe Tucker, with the naïve encouragement of Andy Warhol, created a world of music, words and scenes which blew up the notion of the peace-and-love sixties and tapped into a nocturnal milieu of art, literature, drugs, sex and decadence. Their albums survive as caustic classics, among the most influential records ever made.

Not only did author Chris Roberts interview the late Lou Reed three times, he was also once told, “Move – you are sitting on my coat” by the unmistakable voice of Nico, backstage at a gig. Here he recounts and celebrates the fascinating, multi-faceted story of perhaps the most mysterious and unique rock band ever to exist. A complex, contrary, clashing set of characters who came together to start fires while drawing down darkness, The Velvets’ legend will forever run run run

Chris Roberts has written about music, films, and the arts for everyone from the Guardian to Uncut and currently writes for Classic Rock, Record Collector and The Quietus. He has published books on Beyoncé, Lou Reed, Tom Jones, and Abba among many others. His book on pop fandom, Idle Worship, was hailed by the New York Times as “the most original book about rock ’n’ roll ever.” He lives in London.

"A thoroughly fun, scurrilous read about a band who deserve nothing less."

Everett True, Classic Rock


"...where The Velvet Underground is at its strongest is by making you want to return to the band’s records and play them over and over again, listening to this groundbreaking music with a far greater understanding and through much fresher ears as you do so.” 

Simon Godley, God Is In The TV


"Definitely one to add to your music library.” 

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