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The Banana Album Cover by Andy Warhol

The Velvet Underground was exceptionally experimental for the sixties. Performance wise: The Velvet Underground (Figure 1) was extremely offensive. However, Andy Warhol managed them in the 60s. In that, Warhol and The Velvet Underground worked with Verve Records to release the album The Velvet Underground & Nico in March of 1967, right before the summer of love. Warhol also designed the album cover of The Velvet Underground and Nico. Nearly five decades later after the release, The Velvet Underground & Nico is now number thirteen on the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list by Rolling Stone magazine. An excerpt from Rolling Stone magazine states “Much of what we take granted in rock would not exist without this New York band or its seminal debut: the androgynous sexuality of glitter: punk’s raw noir; the blackened-riff howl of grunge and noise rock; Goth’s imperious gloom… Rejected as nihilistic by the love crowd ’67, the Banana Album (so named for its Warhol-designed cover) is the most prophetic rock album ever made”(http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/500-greatest-albums-of-all-time-20120531/the-velvet-underground-and-nico-the-velvet-underground-20120524 ). Warhol’s designed banana album cover has greatly carved out the underground culture of New York City rock-n-roll.

Check out the The Velvet Underground & Nico here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwWC1i7FuTA

Figure 1.  (From left to right) Nico, Andy Warhol, John Cale, Lou Reed, Mo Tucker, and Sterling Morrison. 1965

One Comment

  1. Emily Anderson wrote:

    I think this is a great, informative post about some very creative people in the art and music business. I love the Velvet Underground!

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