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Todd Haynes’ Velvet Underground Documentary Gets Official Blessing From Label & Remaining Founders

The oft-repeated, not-quite-apocryphal and frequently abused quote by the legendary musician and producer Brian Eno goes something like this: “The first Velvet Underground record sold only 30,000 copies in its first five years. I think everyone who bought one of those [records] started a band.” And it’s not an exaggeration. Nihilistic, experimental, and avante garde, risqué and dangerous for their time, the seminal radical rock group—featuring Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, drummer Moe Tucker, on their first album, singer Nico— are indisputably one of the most influential bands of all time.

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