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.
Backbeat White Light/White Heat - The Velvet Underground Day By Day Features:
- 368 pages
- Size: 10-1/2" x 8-1/2"
- Author: Richie Unterberger
- ISBN: 1906002223
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