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Up-Tight: The Story of The Velvet Underground (Classic Rock Reads) Paperback – 15 Mar 1996

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Omnibus Press; 01 edition (15 Mar. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071195223X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711952232
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,473,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Up Tight is perhaps the definitive Velvet Underground biography... and never shies away from the sleazy truth.--Allan Martin Kemler "Rockpile "

"Up Tight" is perhaps the definitive Velvet Underground biography... and never shies away from the sleazy truth.--Allan Martin Kemler "Rockpile "

"Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story" by Victor Brockris and Gerard Malanga is a pretty candid peek into this legendary group.--John Koenig "Discoveries For Record and Cd Collectors "

Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story by Victor Brockris and Gerard Malanga is a pretty candid peek into this legendary group.--John Koenig "Discoveries For Record and Cd Collectors "

Told through delightfully bitchy quotes and contemporary diary entries...--Victor Bockris "Blender " --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Victor Bockris, "the poet laureate of the Manhattan underground scene," is the author of Muhammad Ali, Keith Richards, and Beat Punks. Photographer and poet Gerard Malanga worked closely with andy Warhol at The Factory in the 1960s. He is the author of Andy Warhol: Little Chair Paintings. Both live in New York City. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 8 Mar. 2003
Format: Paperback
This, far from being your average coffee table bio isn't really a bio in the normal sense of the word but, rather, a combination of bio and an "in their own words". Although this means that it can lose its thread occasionally, it also means that you get a very real flavour of that whole period from the point of view of the band and their circle, including Mr Warhol & Nico, of course. The other factor that allows this book to offer a quite untainted perspective is that it was originally published in 1983, i.e. when there were only the 4 original albums available (apart from the obligatory dodgy bootlegs) and, as such, accurately conveys the frustration the band felt at the lack of recognition they had suffered throughout the time they were together and since. It's a good and easy little read and I highly recommend it to anyone remotely interested in the V.U.
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This book combines a standard biography and a mass of interviews with everyone involved, meaning it also feels a bit "in their own words", which is still brilliant. Due to the original books publishing date, it means that interviews were conducted with the likes of Nico and Warhol, as well as (almost literally) everyone ever involved with the Velvets. The fact that it pre-dates the deaths of many key players means such an in-depth look at the band will never again be made.
The sections which aren't 'in their own words' are very well researched, and extremely well written, meaning this book stays ingaging to the end.
The update does have a 'quickly stuck on' feel to it, but it remains interesting.
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The book gives a good insight into the background of the new york scene at the time and how the band came together.It then tells of the band's progress and has interviews that give the perspective of the individuals on some of the major points in the band's life.
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A very easy and enjoyable read, packed with information and first hand accounts from the people who were there. A must for any Velvets fan.
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Not a story more a series of personal recollections from interested parties....if you like that sort of thing buy it...if not then stear clear
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