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Velvet Underground Member to Play Seminal Album Live, in Full

John Cale celebrating 50th anniversary of 'Velvet Underground & Nico'

(Newser) - John Cale, founding member of the Velvet Underground, will play the band's "legendary" album The Velvet Underground & Nico live in its entirety next year, the BBC reports. The shows in Liverpool and New York will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of the album, which only... More »

Macaulay Culkin's New Project: Weird or Wonderful?

If you're into pizza and/or the Velvet Underground, maybe both

(Newser) - Macaulay Culkin's latest project is a Velvet Underground cover band, which is somewhat quirky on the face of it. Then comes this tidbit: The Pizza Underground, as the band is called, repurposes all of the original songs it covers so they end up being about pizza. They have titles... More »

Rock's Elite Mourn 'Legend', 'Master' Lou Reed

Music world grieves over his death of liver disease

(Newser) - Friends, fans, and fellow musicians are mourning Lou Reed following the influential rocker's death yesterday at age 71 . Rolling Stone and Digital Spy round up the reactions:
  • Flea's simple tribute on Twitter : "I love Lou reed so much. Always."
  • And from The Who : "RIP Lou
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Lou Reed Dead at 71

Velvet Underground veteran had liver transplant in May

(Newser) - Iconic rocker Lou Reed has died today at the age of 71, reports Rolling Stone in a lengthy obituary celebrating the "massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music." No cause of death was immediately released, but Reed underwent a life-saving liver... More »

Velvet Underground, Warhol Estate Battle Over Banana

Surviving musicians say they own rights to iconic album art

(Newser) - The Velvet Underground is taking the Warhol Foundation to court over the rights to rock and roll's best-known banana. The surviving members of the band argue that the banana illustration then-manager Andy Warhol created for their massively influential 1967 debut album has become their trademark, and Warhol's estate... More »

The 5 Priciest Albums of All Time

Got $200K for Quarrymen vinyl? Too bad, Paul's not selling

(Newser) - As old vinyl gets hipper, Matthew Shepatin of Esquire charts the five most expensive albums in today's market:
  1. That’ll Be the Day/In Spite of All the Danger, The Quarrymen (1958): Features John, Paul, George, and some guys who aren't Ringo. Could sell for $200,000, if Paul would sell.
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