The Velvet Underground

Celebrating 50 years of 'The Velvet Underground & Nico" album, revisit the iconic record here:

The Velvet Underground were an avant-garde New York City band whose unconventional and screeching sounds paved and shaped the roads of “underground” Rock and Roll. Beginning in small clubs and bars around NYC, the band originally enjoyed a cult like following of dedicated fans, who rejoiced in a sound that, at the time, was deemed “undanceable” and ludicrous by mainstream media. Eventually, the band emerged from the cracks and shadows of Greenwich Village to form a union with the infamous Andy Warhol, whose notoriety catapulted the group of experimentalists to new and unseen heights. As they linked up to travel the Unites States, they overwhelmed audiences everywhere with a surreal concoction of images, films, lighting effects, and music, known as The Exploding Plastic Inevitable tour. Warhol also introduced the band to the young Nico, creating a partnership that went on to produce the coveted “The Velvet Underground & Nico” album, which is considered one of the most influential albums of all time. Fifty years later and The Velvet Underground’s works continue to inject their nonconformist and unique sounds into the ears of indie kids around the globe. With not only a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction under their belt but also four albums in the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, The Velvet Underground still influences a younger generation of artists, who one can only hope will uphold the underground’s tradition of challenging and piercing the conventional boundaries of not only music, but creativity as a whole.

John Cale Enlists the Kills, Clinic, Wild Beasts, More for The Velvet Underground & Nico 50th Anniversary Show

John Cale announces the guest performers for The Velvet Underground & Nico 50th anniversary show in Liverpool. #TVUNico50 Gruff Rhys, Nadine Shah, and Fat White Family will also help celebrate the album in Liverpool, England

The Velvet Underground & Nico at 50: John Cale Track by Track

The Velvet Underground & Nico at 50: John Cale goes track by track through the debut that changed music. #TVUNico50 John Cale offers his memories of recording each song on the iconic Velvet Underground debut

The Genius of The Velvet Underground & Nico: Artists Reveal Their Favorite Aspects of the Classic Album

Artists KEVIN MORBY, Bleached, How To Dress Well, Haunted Summer and more reflect on The Velvet Underground's influence. #TVUNico50 How to Dress Well, Kevin Morby, Bleached, and others reflect on what gives VU its timeless appeal.


Never-Before-Seen Photos of the Velvet Underground in 1966 The Velvet Underground and Nico performed in downtown Manhattan before recording a debut LP; the show was captured by Larry Morris.

800 Copies: Meet The World's Most Obsessive Fan Of 'The Velvet Underground and Nico'

"'The Velvet Underground and Nico' is the first album to truly combine a novelist's gritty realism with equally confrontational rock music..."

Read about the fan who owns 800 copies of the album. The Velvet Underground and Nico changed music history - and Mark Satlof has over 800 copies of its original pressing.

'The Velvet Underground & Nico' Turns 50: Classic Track-by-Track Review

"This album laid the foundation for all alternative music, from goth and industrial to grunge, shoegaze and indie rock. 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' was the rocket that launched a musical curiosity into outer space, opening eyes and ears to so many new sounds and ideas." 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' turns 50: Classic track-by-track review of one of the greatest albums ever made.

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Band Members

Lou Reed
John Cale
Sterling Morrison
Angus MacLise
Maureen Tucker
Doug Yule
Walter Powers
Willie Alexander


Record Label

Universal Music Enterprises

General Manager

Andy Warhol
Other New York Artists
Ashburn Artists