The Velvet Underground & Nico: Scepter Studio Sessions

Date(s) - 05/12/2023 - 09/25/2023
12:00 am

Andy Warhol Museum


This installation highlights the Velvet Underground and the music from their first recording sessions.

The Velvet Underground (1964-1973) is one one of the most influential bands in rock music history. Their provocative subject matter, musical experiments and nihilistic attitude was also influential in the development of punk rock and new wave music.

Recently identified while processing pop art pioneer Andy Warhol’s (pictured) archive at the museum, the nine initial tracks recorded by the band were the bedrock of their debut album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” (1967, Verve Records), which became one of the most jarring and influential albums in rock music.

The music from the tapes will play continuously in the gallery and will be accompanied by a large selection of images by noted photographer Steve Schapiro (1934-2022) from 1966-67 of the Velvets, Warhol and their associates.

Also on view will be rare, unseen footage of the band performing live, more than thirty Warhol “Screen Tests” featuring the five members of the band filmed during the peak of their collaboration in 1966, and 100 copies of the “banana album”, all from the collection of Velvets enthusiast, Mark Satlof, which highlight the listener’s interaction with Warhol’s art.

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