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“One of These Days”*…

 

Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground at The Record Plant on May 6, 1969, during a session for VU. L to R: Doug Yule, Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison, engineer Gary Kellgren

 

The Velvet Underground album VU is the binding agent in a career of releases that differ so dramatically one from another as to be almost artistic reversals. VU has the dark majesty of The Velvet Underground & Nico, the neurotic strut (if not the head-wrecking dissonance) of White Light/White Heat, the tenderness and emotional insight of The Velvet Underground, and the pure pop sensibility of Loaded. In its 10 tracks, it contains refined versions of what the band did well during the four years they lasted. The irony is that VU wasn’t released until more than a dozen years after the Velvet Underground disbanded.

Recorded primarily in 1969, after the ouster of multi-instrumentalist John Cale, and later cannibalized by principal songwriter Lou Reed for his solo career, the recordings that make up VU were shelved for 16 years. They stayed in the MGM vaults, mostly unmixed, until discovered during the process of reissuing the band’s catalog in the early 80s. As a result, VU benefitted from much improved audio technology and was released to a world not only better prepared for the Velvet Underground, but one that had largely absorbed its lessons. The album made a beautiful tombstone for the band’s career, at a time when all the members were alive to see it…

The story of an epic album that almost never was: “Shelved: The Velvet Underground’s Fourth Album.”

* Lou Reed (title of one of the cuts on VU)

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As we slip on the headphones, we might recall that it was on this date in 1973 that Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert premiered on U.S. television, featuring a performance by the Rolling Stones. It ran until 1981.

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September 27, 2018 at 1:01 am

“I don’t care what they do with my book so long as the flippin check clears”*…

 

What do Ray Bradbury, Madeleine L’Engle, Arthur Hailey, Nora Roberts, Stephen King, Salvador Dali and Dick Cheney’s wife have in common? They all appear on the annual BookFinder.com list of the top 100 most searched for out-of-print books.

As usual, the list is topped by Madonna and her famous spiral-bound Sex photo-book, which is still in demand 22 years after its publication. Putting aside the pop star and her sexual antics with Naomi Campbell and Vanilla Ice, the list offers an interesting snapshot of American culture, including guns (four books), needlework (five), food (three) and art (six). The gun-related books include an example of pro-gun lobby fiction called Unintended Consequences by John Ross – a firearms enthusiast who, according to his website, “fires upwards of 20,000 rounds of ammunition per year.” Stephen King has four titles on the list, including Rage, which will never be brought back into print as it concerns school shootings…

See the full list, and read more background at “The top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013.”

(Image above from The Afronauts, a photography book by Cristina de Middel that reimagines the bizarre true story of the 1964 Zambian space program.)

* Chuck Palahniuk

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As we adopt orphan books, we might send masterly birthday greetings to Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed; he was born on this date in 1942.  A musician, singer, and songwriter, Reed had a successful solo career, landing two entries on Rolling Stone‘s list if “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”  But his biggest impact may have come in his first gig, as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground.  The band’s influence on rock, art rock and punk was memorably captured in Brian Eno’s observation that although the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its first few years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”

 Hey babe, take a walk on the wild side

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March 2, 2014 at 2:02 am

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