White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day by Day

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Jawbone, 2009 - Music - 367 pages
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(Book). By turns fiercely confrontational, literate, primitive and sweetly melodic, The Velvet Underground remain one of the most influential bands in the history of rock. The ultimate cult band and the ultimate art rock experience, the VU's music and style have served as a blueprint for everyone from David Bowie to The Jesus and Mary Chain. Yet for all their enduring importance, they were unsuccessful in their day, selling minute numbers of records, with their monochrome look and photo-realist lyrics at odds with the garish colors and peace fantasies of the hippy era. It was only when David Bowie started to champion the band in the early 70s, after they had split up, that the VU's reputation started to spread. In White Light/White Heat , noted rock writer and historian Richie Unterberger analyses the band's career and influence in forsensic detail, drawing on many new interviews with band members and associates, previously undiscovered archive sources and a vast knowledge of the music of the times. The result is a comprehensive, articulate, immensely detailed history the most thorough work on the band yet published.

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Review: White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day

User Review  - Jason Coleman - Goodreads

I'd like this chronicle of the second greatest band in history better if Unterberger didn't dismiss otherworldly gems like "Hey Mr. Rain" and "Countess from Hong Kong," and if his publisher had ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kevin - Goodreads

THE best and most detailed book on the VU I've ever read. Read full review

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Richie Unterberger is an established music journalist & frequent contributor to the" All Music Guide", "MOJO", and "Record Collector

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