Velvet Underground

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The 100 greatest BBC music performances – ranked!
As the Beeb celebrates its centenary, we take a look at its most memorable pop moments, from the birth of grime to the first sightings of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, plus TOTP goes Madchester and countless classic Peel sessions

Guardian music

06, Oct, 2022 @12:12 PM

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Lou Reed: Words & Music, May 1965 review – revelatory early cuts
The 23-year-old Reed and John Cale try things out for size in this treasure trove of previously unreleased demos

Kitty Empire

18, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Lou Reed’s earliest Velvet Underground demos unearthed for reissue
Recordings from May 1965 were sealed for nearly 50 years, and reveal folk-like renditions of songs including I’m Waiting for the Man and Heroin

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Jun, 2022 @12:02 PM

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‘They didn’t go round the corner for beer’: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella
After years of estrangement, the two Velvet Underground musicians decided to make a record and filmed concert about their mentor Andy Warhol. Director Ed Lachman talks about how he captured the pair in action

Alex Needham

14, Apr, 2022 @1:56 PM

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Songs for Drella review – Lou Reed and John Cale’s moving journey into Warhol
The filmed 1990 reunion of Reed and Cale performing their spiky album testament to Warhol was thought lost

Leslie Felperin

12, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The Velvet Underground review – avant-garde cool brought back to life
Todd Haynes uses Warhol-style split screen for this ideally pitched documentary about the influential 60s band

Simran Hans

16, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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TV tonight: can Robert Carlyle save Britain in political thriller Cobra?
The actor plays a prime minister facing a slew of security threats in Sky’s drama. Plus a night of standing up to cancer. Here’s what to watch this evening

Phil Harrison, Ellen E Jones, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier and Simon Wardell

15, Oct, 2021 @5:20 AM

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Todd Haynes: ‘This world is too cosy. Except cosy is almost too cosy a word’
Making a documentary about the Velvet Underground transported the film-maker to a ‘distant planet’ and more radical time. He talks about his envy of musicians, the spirit of Factory-era New York and ‘our lost spirit of revolt’

Xan Brooks

07, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone by Jennifer Otter Bickerdike review – the biography of Nico
A not always flattering portrait of the enigmatic Velvet Underground singer’s troubled life and legacy

Fiona Sturges

10, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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The Velvet Underground’s greatest songs – ranked!
As Todd Haynes unveils his documentary about them, we rate the best work of a band who overturned and reinvented rock’n’roll

Alexis Petridis

08, Jul, 2021 @4:11 PM

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The Velvet Underground review – Todd Haynes doc gets under the art-rockers’ skin
With insights by the band’s former members and friends, this film takes its job seriously – even if it shies away from discordant notes

Peter Bradshaw

07, Jul, 2021 @10:05 PM

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You Are Beautiful and You Are Alone review – Nico as the gothic Garbo
Jennifer Otter Bickerdike’s biography is absorbing and informative but paints a flattering portrait of the enigmatic model turned singer

Ian Thomson

20, Jun, 2021 @8:00 AM

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