The Factory Years | Velvet Underground, Nico & Andy Warhol, New York, 1965-67

The Factory Years | Velvet Underground, Nico & Andy Warhol, New York, 1965-67
Adam Ritchie, Lou Reed & John Cale performing at Cafe Bizarre, 1965
Adam Ritchie, John Cale performing at Delmonico’s, New York City, 1966
Gerard Malanga, The Velvet Underground, New York City, 1966
john cale lou reed morrison in studio cale archives
Steve Schapiro – Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison &  John Cale, Scepter Studios, New York
Lisa Law, Nico Performing with the V.U., The Trip, Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, 1966
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 N.Y. street, 1960s
Lou Reed at the luncheonette on the corner of 47th Street and 3rd Avenue, 1967
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Steve Schapiro, Velvet Underground performing, 1966
nico2Bad the village voice february 9 1967
Nico at the Village Voice, February 9 1967
 Steve Schapiro, Nico & Lou Reed
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V. U. at the Factory
Steve Schapiro, Andy Warhol & Velvet Underground
Billy Name – V. U. , Nico, Andy Warhol, Mary Woronov and Gerard Malanga at Warhol’s Silver Factory, 1966
Joel Meyerowitz, John Cale and Lou Reed, 5th Avenue, N Y, 1968     John Cale and Andy Warhol
Velvet Underground at the Factory, 1966
Velvet Underground at The Factory and at Paraphernalia, 1966
Velvet Unergound, 1965                                                VU & Nico, 1966


John Cale and Nico

Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, Nico, Maureen Tucker, and John Cale
 Paul Morrissey – The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound. 1966
Velvet Underground at the Factory
Andy Warhol, V. U. at the Factory
The Velvet Underground and Nico in Long Island, N. Y., as part of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, 1966
The Velvet Underground East Village, New York April 7, 1966
 the V.U. & the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, 1966
Lou Reed & John Cale
 Lou Reed
Moe Tucker, John Cale, Lou Reed
Velvet Underground
Adam Ritchie, Velvet Underground at Delmonico’s, 1965-6
Steve Schapiro, Velvet Underground performing, 1966
Exploding Plastic Inevitable, including Andy Warhol’s Screen Test with Baby Jane Holzer, 1966

The Factory was Andy Warhol’s New York City studio. The original Factory was on the fifth floor at
231 East 47th Street, in Midtown Manhattan.

“The Velvets’ preterite view of the world, of the present as an assemblage of recent pasts, fusing dimly connected elements
(modern jazz, doo-wop, rockabilly – ‘Put it all together and you end up with me’ – Reed), will remain influential whenever
crises in periods of transition lead listeners to dwell in a dark place, a velvet underground perhaps, for the sake of stasis.”

“will always be examined by those who are out of kilter with contemporary life, and who reject communal counteraction.

“They will seek solace in this idiosyncratic clash of creative individuals who only half comprehended their own influences –
Reed’s Beat poetry, Cale’s fusion of LaMonte Young and Phil Spector, Morrison’s rock ‘n’ roll, Tucker’s African drumming.

“The Velvet Underground is existential proof that four halves make a whole.”

Richard Witts, The Velvet Underground, 2006

 Andy Warhol Velvet Underground debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, 1967  Verve Records

1 thought on “The Factory Years | Velvet Underground, Nico & Andy Warhol, New York, 1965-67

  1. I lived across the street from The Dom and bussed tables there when the VU was the house band. The VU and especially Lou put a lot of work into "being cool". Funny thing was, they weren't weirdos or the kind of "special" people you read about; there were a lot of East Village people, artists/musicians/writers and more, who were MUCH further out. They just didn't get to ride Warhola's fame rocket. Not nearly enough ever gets said about Gerard Malanga and his part of the Inevitable, but I guess that's just not convenient. But being only blocks away from The Anderson Theater and not-much-later The Fillmore East, The VU didn't have nearly as much impact in their own "home" as revisionists try to makeit seem.

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