The band that twisted rock.
The latest and most in-depth biography of The Velvet Underground to date, profiling the legendary band that revolutionised music for good. Published to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Lou Reed's death.
An extraordinary work which takes a deep dive into elements such as the band's avant-garde style, how their lyrics broke with the heteronormative mainstream, their contributions to feminism with icons Moe Tucker and Nico, and how Lou Reed brought literature to rock music. See what John Cale has to say about other trailblazing musicians of the time, how the band created a blueprint for what would later become the independent music scene while planting the seeds for glam and punk, and how Andy Warhol's influence over the group would be adapted by other New York bands such as Blondie and Talking Heads.
At its core, this is the passionate story of a place and time – the New York of the 1970s – the backdrop to a human drama where friendship, jealousy, power and passion collided to leave a profound mark on the future of culture.