All Yesterdays' Parties: The Velvet Underground in Print, 1966-1971

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Clinton Heylin
Da Capo Press, 2005 - Music - 278 pages
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The Velvet Underground are among the most influential bands of all time. Their trademark sound is easily detected in David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Talking Heads, R.E.M., Jane’s Addiction, Yo La Tengo, Luna, and the Strokes, and they are also credited with creating a streetwise, pre-punk sensibility that has become inseparable from the popular image of downtown New York. “Discovered” by Andy Warhol in 1966, the VU-with their original line-up of Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Mo Tucker-would soon become the house band of the avant-garde, composing songs simultaneously furious in their abrasiveness and beautiful in their pathos, standing in striking contrast to the prevailing flower power of the era.With such a notorious pedigree, it’s only natural that the story of the VU has become shrouded in myth and hyperbole. All Yesterdays’ Parties gathers for the first time almost all of the published writings contemporary with the band’s existence-from sources as mainstream as the New York Times to vanished voices of the counterculture like Oz, Open City, Fusion, and Crawdaddy! It’s an invaluable snapshot of an era by trailblazing rock writers such as Lester Bangs, Robert Greenfield, Sandy Pearlman, and Paul Williams. With the most complete VU discography assembled to date, a biographical overview by editor and author Clinton Heylin, and photographs, posters, and other visual evocations of the period throughout, All Yesterdays’ Parties is an invaluable resource, a trove of lore for anyone interested in the VU, their roots, and legacy.

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Reasonably good survey of the press reception to the band through its history, ranging from the hostile to the hyper to the overly-enthusiastic to the sane. Not all the clips and interviews hold up; a ... Read full review

All yesterdays' parties: the Velvet Underground in print, 1966-1971

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British music journalist Heylin, noted for his biographies of Bob Dylan and Van Morrison, now tackles the Velvet Underground (VU), a band whose influence far outweighed its popularity. The book is ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Clinton Heylin is the author of Despite the System: Orson Welles Versus the Hollywood Studios, Can You Feel the Silence?: Van Morrison-A New Biography, Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades, From the Velvets to the Voidoids, and many other books. He lives in Somerset, England.

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