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VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Andy Warhol (Original '67 LP)

   

VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO

Andy Warhol (Original ’67 LP)

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First, the history. Forty-seven years ago, in March 1967, the album The Velvet Underground & Nico was released, with the cover design of Andy Warhol’s famous banana. Under the writing, ‘peel slowly and see’, the first truly recognisable icon of new rock hid another banana, pink and even more provocative. I own a copy of this unfindable LP, and I would not part from it for all the money in the world. It is not just a record that unites music (Lou Reed), art (Andy Warhol) and beauty (Nico) in their highest forms, but it also bears witness to a decade, the Sixties, and a city, New York, which no longer exist. It was the time of the Factory, the Village, parties, happenings, love, arguments and making up: if something of importance happened during this period, it happened there. Often, I think that those few pieces printed before they were removed from the market for reasons of censuring, including mine, could have been touched and played by some of the most intriguing characters of those days and in situations that, if only I could relive them – even for a second – would be unbelievably thrilling. Who knows what happened in New York in 1967 while my record was being played?

Innanzitutto la storia. Quarantasette anni fa, nel marzo 1967, usciva l’album The Velvet Underground & Nico: in copertina, la celebre banana disegnata da Andy Warhol. Sotto la scritta ‘peel slowly and see’, la prima vera e riconoscibile icona del nuovo rock nasconde un’altra banana, rosa e ancora più provocatoria. Posseggo una copia di questo introvabile vinile, e non me ne priverei per nessuna cifra al mondo. Non è solo un disco in cui coesistono musica (Lou Reed), arte (Andy Warhol) e bellezza (Nico) nelle loro manifestazioni più alte, è la testimonianza di un decennio, gli anni Sessanta, e di una città, New York, che non ci sono più. Era il periodo della Factory, del Village, delle feste, degli happening, degli amori, dei litigi e delle riappacificazioni: se in quel periodo succedeva qualcosa di importante, succedeva lì. Spesso, penso che i pochi esemplari del disco stampati prima del ritiro dal mercato per ragioni di censura, inclusa la mia copia, potrebbero essere stati toccati e suonati dai personaggi più intriganti dell’epoca e in situazioni che, fosse possibile rivivere anche per un solo istante, metterebbero i brividi. Chissà cos’e’ successo nella New York del 1967 mentre girava il mio vinile?

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The Velvet Underground & Nico is the debut album by American rock band the Velvet Underground and vocal collaborator Nico. It was originally released in March 1967 by Verve Records. Recorded in 1966 during Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia event tour, The Velvet Underground & Nico would gain notoriety for its experimentalist performance sensibilities, as well as the focus on controversial subject matter expressed in many of its songs including drug abuse, prostitution, sadism and masochism and sexual deviancy.
Though a commercial and critical failure upon release, the record has since become one of the most influential and critically acclaimed rock albums in history, appearing at number thirteen on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time as well as being added to the 2006 National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.