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The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground
by Peter Hogan
Sporting shades and a feedback-heavy sounds, the Velvets straddled art and rock, changing popular music forever, and sowing the seeds for punk, grunge and thousands of countercultural four-chord wonders. The Rough Guide to The Velvet Underground explores: The Velvet Story: How Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and the others emerged from the New York scene, their succ ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published August 20th 2007 by Rough Guides
(first published 2007)
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This is a really solid guide to all VU music, but I got to say that as I plodded through the endless section on solo albums (didn’t these buggers crank it out?) I got the DISTINCT IMPRESSION that Peter Hogan wasn’t much of a fan of John Cale OR Nico OR Lou Reed. In fact it became quite funny :
On John Cale solo albums
Church of Anthrax : the results resemble the more annoying kind of jazz-rock fusion that was then fashionable
The Acadamy in Peril : In all, the album is disappointing
Slow Dazzle : so ...more
"The Rough Guide to the Velvet Underground" is just what the title says, a rough guide. Much like a textbook it goes over key events in the band's history as well as individuals that contributed to their legacy. I'm a fan of the book's general style and layout. The purple-on-white color scheme works for me. I also like the large quote layouts on the pages that come before each individual chapter. It's easy to navigate with specific key names bolded and detailed notes blocked off in purple around ...more
A solid, useful guide to the VU, combining a basic history of the band and its members' solo careers with a full discography and analysis. Very readable, with sidebars on Factory denizens and other peripheral characters, and doesn't get mired in trivia -- although reading capsules about each of John Cale's seemingly dozens of albums can be wearing.