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45 Years Ago: ‘The Velvet Underground’ Released

The Velvet Underground released their album known as 'VU' in March 1969.

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46 Years Ago: The Velvet Underground Release ‘White Light, White Heat’

If you look up the phrase "glorious racket," chances are a picture of the Velvet Underground's second album, 'White Light, White Heat' will appear. That description fits each and every one of its 40 minutes perfectly. Unlike the haunting beauty of their flawless debut album, 'White Light,' which was released on Jan. 30, 1968, drops a bit of the artiness and supplements it with rage and raw power.

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Hear a Velvet Underground Rarity From Their New Box Set

The Velvet Underground will release a three-disc 45th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of their landmark 1968 album 'White Light / White Heat' tomorrow. Included in the set is a live disc recorded at a 1967 show. You can hear the seven-minute rarity 'I'm Not a Young Man Anymore' above.

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Former Velvet Underground Drummer Moe Tucker Pays Tribute to Lou Reed

When a famous person dies, too often the tributes from colleagues past and present read like canned statements, with little insight into the deceased’s life or character. However, Moe Tucker, former drummer for the Velvet Underground, went into considerable detail about Lou Reed, who passed away on Oct. 27.

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Velvet Underground Announce ‘White Light / White Heat’ Reissue

The Velvet Underground's classic 1968 album 'White Light / White Heat' celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, and it's marking the occasion with a massive reissue.

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Truce Called in Banana Fight Between Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Estate

A federal judge has dismissed the recent legal tug of war between the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol's estate.

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Velvet Underground, Rush + More Featured on ‘Lords of Salem’ Soundtrack

The Velvet Underground and Rush -- as disparate classic rock bands as you can find - will nonetheless soon find themselves on the same album. Both groups will be featured on the soundtrack to 'The Lords of Salem,' a new film by Rob Zombie.

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The Velvet Underground Get Doubly Covered by Mark Lanegan and Ralph Stanley for ‘Lawless’ Soundtrack

It look as though the curator of the music for the upcoming film ‘Lawless’ has a fondness for a particular Velvet Underground song, as there are two cover versions of ‘White Light/White Heat’ that turn up on the soundtrack, due this Tuesday (Aug. 29).

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The Velvet Underground’s ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ Album Gets 45th Anniversary Six-Disc Box Set Reissue

It’s a good year for anniversary reissues. The latest to surface this year will be the Velvet Underground‘s 1967 debut disc, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico,’ which is slated for an Oct. 1 street date.

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