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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:53 pm 

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Today, March 12 marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the debut album of The Velvet Underground in 1967. Produced by Andy Warhol and accompanied by vocalist Nico, it was a commercial failure when it was released and largely ignored by critics of the time.

It has since been regarded as one of the most influential albums of popular music. Rolling Stone magazine listed it at #13 on it's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. (I think it is top 3 in my book) Music producer Brian Eno had said in 1982 in an interview that although the VU only sold 30,000 records in its first 5 yrs, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." A bit of hyperbole, but I think the VU stands the test of time.

The Velvet Underground, "The Velvet Underground and Nico" March 12, 1967



1967 was a watershed year for music and pop culture. The 3 day Monterey International Pop Festival launched the "Summer of Love" and kickstarted the model for large outdoor music festivals like Woodstock, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Reading, Lollapalooza, Coachella, Benicassim, etc. that have been popular ever since.

Otis Redding wrote "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" after performing at Monterey Pop while renting a houseboat in Sausalito, CA . He died in a plane crash later that year and it became a hit for him after being released posthumously in '68.

Album releases in '67 include The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Magical Mystery Tour." The Rolling Stones released "Their Satanic Magesties Request" and "Between the Buttons." Love released "Forever Changes."

Debut albums included:

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Are You Experienced?"
Jefferson Airplane - "Surrealistic Pillow"
The Doors' self titled
The Grateful Dead self titled
Pink Floyd - "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn"
Leonard Cohen - "Song of Leonard Cohen"

Later VU albums:

The Velvet Underground, "The Velvet Underground" 1969

The Velvet Underground, "Loaded" playlist - 1970

Lots of great music in 50 years. What does the future for music hold? Hmm...

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