The Velvet Underground has always been the epitome of effortless coolness. While we all know the Velvet Underground as a band, the original Velvet Underground is actually a book by journalist Michael Leigh on modern sexuality. Guess Lou Reed found the name evocative. Moe Tucker , the Velvet Underground drummer for the majority of their existence, is often known for her androgynous appearance and unique system of playing drums — standing up, without cymbals. While on holiday with her son in Ibiza, Nico had a heart attack while bicycling to town to buy weed. She hit her head while falling off the bike and subsequently died due to complications from the head injury.
Velvet Underground: Still Very Much Above Ground - WSJ
Cover text: Here is an incredible book. It will shock and amaze you. But as a documentary on the sexual corruption of our age, it is a must for every thinking adult. Leigh investigates "aberrant" sexual behavior between consenting adults , that is, everything other than simple intercourse conducted in privacy by a heterosexual couple, e. The author reports on the various ways in which such practices are solicited newspaper advertisements, clubs, etcetera , and by following these leads, manages to get into touch with many of its participants, usually through written correspondence. The book liberally treats us with quotations from this material.
Lewis Coenen-Rowe finds that as the Velvet Underground and Nico turns forty-five, it continues to amaze. There is no doubt that was a big year for music: Extravagant psychedelia was in the ascendency with The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones all attracting a lot of attention alongside The Who and The Doors. Rock music had become a cultural phenomenon of gigantic proportions. But amongst all of this there was one album that slipped beneath the radar: an album conspicuously out of place alongside its contemporaries. It featured the electric viola, it was produced by Andy Warhol, it had a banana on the cover.