By Rob Jovanovic
With particular new interviews from the band, this can be a pleasing account of 1 of the main influential teams in rock background.
Brian Eno famously stated "the first Velvet Underground album in simple terms offered 10,000 copies, yet every person who obtained it shaped a band." probably no different musicians can declare such constrained chart good fortune and so enduring a musical legacy because the Velvet Underground. Artists together with David Bowie, The intercourse Pistols, pleasure department, Roxy track, Nirvana, U2, R.E.M., or even dissident Czech playwright and eventual president Václav Havel have mentioned the Velvets as a massive influence.
Seeing the Light provides the untold tale of the band. shaped by way of the mercurial Lou Reed and classically proficient Welshman John Cale within the mid-1960s, the band first received notoriety after being followed via Andy Warhol. Warhol's patronage allowed the crowd to chart unexplored areas of rock 'n' roll, generating unforgettable and unsettling track that veered from droning, avant-garde experimentalism to folk-infused pop, supplying taboo-busting stories of drug dependancy, prostitution, and sexual deviance. inventive tensions and pissed off ambition ultimately observed either Cale and Reed depart the band, to its ignominious end.
In the a long time seeing that, The Velvet Underground's song has attained vintage prestige, respected along The Beatles and The seashore Boys as one of many resources of recent pop. With unique new interviews from contributors Moe Tucker and Doug yuletide, in addition to the widow in their bandmate Sterling Morrison, journalist Rob Jovanovic peels again the mystique of 1 of an important bands in rock history.