The Velvet Underground: A New York Art

A new book documents the posters made to promote The Velvet Underground’s New York gigs

The Velvet Underground’s association with Andy Warhol is well documented; perhaps what is less well known is the art that was actually made to promote the band’s gigs and albums during the mid-to-late 60s. A new book documents the rise of their decidedly New York art…

New from Rizzoli books, The Velvet Underground: A New York Art (edited by Johan Kugelberg) collects together a wealth of early photography of the band, alongside a wonderful archive of posters and flyers.

The book also features written contributions by VU’s Lou Reed and Mo Tucker, playwright and ex-President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, and critic Jon Savage.

The result is a fantastic collage of high and low art. Here’s a selection of some of the posters:

Published by Rizzoli; £35.

400 special editions are also being published (shown below), which come in a windowed, clamshell box alongside a vinyl slipcase that features an early version of the cover art for the band’s record, The Velvet Underground, drawn by Steve Nelson. The special edition also includes a 7″ record of two rare tracks, signed by Lou Reed and Mo Tucker. It costs £175. See rizzoliusa.com.

 

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