The Velvet Underground: New York Art Hardcover – 10 Nov 2009
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Even the most diehard muso would think twice before suggesting that popular music is art, but with the Velvet Underground it came pretty close... Next month Rizzoli publishes a lush (and mostly previously unseen) visual archive, The Velvet Underground: A New York Art (£35), giving this most influential of bands the artist's monograph treatment. --The Daily Telegraph magazine, Saturday 31 October
...compellingly comprehensive treasure trove
--Mojo, December 2009
Pic of the week: The Velvets! Art! Warhol! Er, Johan Kugelberg's lovingly compiled The Velvet Underground...collates concert posters, live photos, handbills...Most of it is unseen and all of it is exploding plastic inevitably cool.
--The Guardian, 9 November 2009
About the Author
Lou Reed, and Maureen Tucker were key members of the Velvet Underground. Johan Kugelberg is the author of Born in the Bronx, also published by Rizzoli. Vaclav Havel is a playwright and author, and was the first president of the Czech Republic. Jon Savage is the author of several books, including England's Dreaming.
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If you simply put them side by side without opening them you might think that they are different kind of books (especially if you know the excellent Lester Bangs bio by De Rogatis), but once opened, browsed and compared you may ask yourself whether or not it was a single project which collapsed along the way and gave birth to two different tomes.
De Rogatis work looses in terms of illustrations (sometimes it is simple a matter of how many pictures from the same sessions appear in one book and how many in the other) and as both books boast that as the main feature, the final winner is Kugelberg, although pricier.
I give therefore - in terms of illustrated contents five stars to Kugelberg and three stars to DeRogatis.
You may want to buy the latter if you are short of money. As I wrote elsewere, the Kugelberg book is the result of a previous one on the same subject: mainly a catalogue of some 100 pages which was issued a couple of years ago in the US.
For a proper history of VU, maybe with less frills, you have to look somewhere else: either start with (classic) Bockris-Malanga, Uptight, or the so called "reader" put together by Clinton Heylin, All Yestredays' Parties; not forgetting the recent White Light/White Heath The Velvet Underground Day by Day by Richie Unterberger.
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The book has lots of great photos and some interesting interviews, but it just didn't work for me. I was much happier with a bio that came out in the 1980's called Uptight. I would highly recommend that book.
This one is good and I have no doubt that there are many VU fans who will love it. You may too and I would probably defer to the other reviews if I were someone considering buying this book. For some reason, it didn't resonate with me very strongly.
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