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White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day

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(Book). 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 impo ...more
Paperback, 367 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Jawbone Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Even after Lou Reed’s parents sent him for a course of electro-convulsive therapy at the terribly young age of 13,
he was still determined to do no work, take lots of drugs, never do the washing up and become an avant garde musician and poet. But he needed money so he got a gig at New York’s worst recording company, churning out stupid ripoffs of current hits for non-acts to score non-hits with. For example, I Wanna Clean Your Teeth by the Long Haired English Boys (1964) is Lou playing all the i
I think what we have here is the ultimate book on the great Velvet Underground. Everyday is counted for in this often mysterious band. Now, normally, these books become totally obsessive and nerd like. But the author Unterberger is a very good writer, and he sees the Velvets on a bigger scale and their era on a grand scale.

I dipped in and out of this book for the past six weeks, and every read was like a nice swim in warm water. Fascinating info, and interesting images as well.
Jason Coleman
I'd like this chronicle of the second greatest band in history better if Unterberger didn't dismiss otherworldly gems like "Hey Mr. Rain" and "Countess from Hong Kong," and if his publisher had designed something a little more user-friendly: I've seen tractor-supply catalogues that felt better in the hands, and the type is telephone-book tiny. (By which I mean it's the size of the type in a telephone book, not the size of a telephone book itself. Type the size of a telephone book would be enormo ...more
An absolutely exhaustive history of The Velvet Underground. The only thing it leaves out is Lou/ John/ Moe's solo stuff after the '60s... but you DO learn an awful lot about John's avant-garde work, outside of the Velvets, throughout the '60s. This info neatly sums up the difference between the VU with and without Cale; Cale brought the minimalist-drone/ classical avant-garde/ viola/ noise element to the VU. After he left, it left with him. We've heard for years that Doug Yule was the "wimp" of ...more
This is a monster of a book that has more information than I initially wanted to know; however, it is also impeccably researched and well-written, for a book of such breadth. It's a bit slow at first, but is very enjoyable overall.
Jaina Bee
This one is staying near the stereo with all the other Unterberger books, where I can peruse it at leisure and at length.
Milo Miller
I just read a review of this in the Shep. I can't wait to read it.
THE best and most detailed book on the VU I've ever read.
Chris Estey
Every day with the Velvet Underground. *Sigh.*
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Richie Unterberger's book "The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film" details the incredible wealth of music the Beatles recorded that they did not release, as well as musical footage of the group that hasn't been made commercially available. His other books include "Unknown Legends of Rock'n'Roll," the two-volume 1960s folk-rock history "Turn! Turn! Turn!"/"Eight Miles High," and "The Rough Guide to ...more
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