In the pantheon of 60s rock bands, the Velvet Underground is a type of black sheep – unpopular, grungy, and stranger than the Beatles or the Stones. Nonetheless, they wield as a lot affect as every other musical group of the Beneficiant Period, and their legacy continues to take form as members and their followers age within the story.
Todd Haynes’ new documentary, merely titled The Velvet Underground, compiles a recording of the group’s eventful heyday and enduring legend with a mixture of archive footage and new interviews. We might be exhausting pressed to consider anybody higher suited to the job than the director of Velvet Goldmine and I am Not There, two of essentially the most astute movies about music and the individuals who make it in latest reminiscence.
Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen “Moe” Tucker began a small revolution in downtown Manhattan, turning town’s filth and depravity into crass, intelligent songs starting from pop songs to buzzing psychedelic epics. With only a handful of albums, together with their collaboration with German artist and Andy Warhol affiliate Nico, they’ve impressed everybody from David Bowie to Ian Curtis.
In his assessment of the Cannes premiere earlier this yr, our man on the stage Michael Chief wrote positively in regards to the movie: “… Haynes strikes an thrilling steadiness between hero worship and ambivalence. There isn’t any thrill, no intrigue within the hagiography. It is the music, and the place it takes you, what it opens as much as you is the factor.
Whereas the elusive group’s promise of up-close, private movie footage might be sufficient to draw many obsessives, the present speaking head segments with Tucker on his reminiscences of the late Reed set an elegiac tone to the movie. They have been simply too good to final – the start of American different music.
The Velvet Underground arrives on Apple TV and choose theaters in the US on October 15.
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