Velvet Underground featured Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico among others. They were a large part of the avant-garde artist Andy Warhol’s studio, Factory, where he tried to conquer and blend all forms of expression. Velvets often drew inspiration from the eccentric lifestyle witnessed in the Factory, which earned them both admirers and strong opponents. However, as much as one may dislike the topics the band covered, it is impossible to deny that they created some of the best and ground breaking music in the 60s and 70s. Brian Eno once perfectly summed up the importance of the Velvets: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band”. And indeed many of the greats, including David Bowie, Joy Division, Iggy Pop and Morrissey cite Velvet Underground as their influence.
John Cale himself has said about the upcoming event:
“I'm often reluctant to spend too much time on things past - then, a time marker shows up - The Velvet Underground & Nico turns 50 ! As so many bands can attest to, its the fulfillment of the ultimate dream to record your first album. We were an unfriendly brand, dabbling in a world of challenging lyrics and weird sonics that didn't fit into anyone's playlist at the time. Remaining ferociously true to our viewpoints, Lou and I never doubted for a moment, we could create something to give a voice to things not regularly explored in rock music at the time. That bizarre combination of 4 distinctly disparate musicians and a reluctant beauty queen perfectly summed up what it meant to be The Velvet Underground.”