The Velvet Underground  

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The Velvet Underground (sometimes abbreviated as The Velvets or VU) was an American rock band first active from 1965 to 1973. Its best-known alumni are Lou Reed and John Cale.

Although never commercially successful during their time, The Velvet Underground have been regarded as one of the most important and influential groups of their era. A famous remark, often attributed to Brian Eno, is that, while only a few thousand people bought a Velvet Underground record upon their initial release, almost every single one of them was inspired to start a band. The group was one of the first to experiment with rock structures, and their often raw, sometimes difficult sound influenced many later punk, noise rock, and gothic rock performers.


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