Velvet Underground: Under Review Reviews

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November 1, 2013
Straightforward biography of the Velvet Underground. Without the participation of either Lou Reed or John Cale, it lacks emotional punch but covers all the bases.
½ February 25, 2012
Synopsis: Rockumentary on 1960's rock band The Velvet Underground.

Even I, who is not particularly knowledgable on music history, know that the 1960's may be the most important and influential decade in music history. So much music was created and transformed during the era. The decade was home for a number of the most recognizable names in the industry; jimmy Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Jefferson Airplane, The Kinks, The Byrds, and of course Beatlemania, but it seams as though one band consistently gets overlooked by listeners, The Velvet Underground.

Perhaps it was their unconventionality, or maybe their harsh reputation, whatever their reason for failure to be adopted by classic rock radio, their quality and influence has been widely accepted among critics, and although this documentary is not a definitive summary of the life and music of The Velvets, it does a good job of forcibly stating how important they were as an avant guard musical group to the uninitiated.

The film essentially provides a brief but meaty record of the Velvet Underground's career from their formation to their breakup after "Loaded". Detailing each of the group's four must own albums alongside personal interviews of Mo Tucker and Doug Yule.

A group like The Velvet Underground deserve a more thorough and complex documentary for devoted fans, but Under Review's episode is a welcome introductory statement. I recommend you watch it on Youtube.
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