Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story eBook  The

Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story eBook  The

Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story [EPUB] ✹ Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story ✼ Victor Bockris – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk The Velvet Underground is arguably one of the most influential American rock bands ever Based on interviews with former members Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison, as well as others from Andy The Velvet Underground is arguably one Velvet Underground eBook ✓ of the most influential American rock bands ever Based on interviews with former members Lou Reed, John Cale, and Sterling Morrison, as well as others from Andy Warhol s circle of artistic collaborators, Up Tight is the definitive oral and visual history of the band and its revolutionary, often avant garde music Bockris and Malanga s intelligent and entertaining approach which does not shy away from the drugs, sleaze, and controversy that enveloped the band seemingly from its inception provides compulsive reading.


10 thoughts on “Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story

  1. Matt Matt says:

    My obituary for Lou Reed is now up at The Millions happened upon this one while perusing a stranger s library here on goodreads Man, this brings me backI think for some people the cool people, the artsy people, the sensitive weirdos and budding poets and intellectual geeks there s this space of time which opens up in highschool where you become aware of all this cool, alluring, obscure countercultural stuff through hearsay and, at least back in My obituary for Lou Reed is now up at The Millions happened upon this one while perusing a stranger s library here on goodreads Man, this brings me backI think for some people the cool people, the artsy people, the sensitive weirdos and budding poets and intellectual geeks there s this space of time which opens up in highschool where you become aware of all this cool, alluring, obscure countercultural stuff through hearsay and, at least back in the 90 s when I was but a lad, you don t really have the resources to access it No downloading, cds cost you don t really have, the library s picked clean, internet was just a toddler, radio s a jokewhere are you going to turn Who ya gonna call Well for me it was sort of about amateur research I dug in to archived copies of Rolling Stone from the 80 s Lou Reed cover interview Van Morrison speaks Marvin gaye re releases I was so lonely, so, so very lonely At least I didn t go to gym class and read myself dizzy, imagining the world outside the leafy suburb I called home.I got into the VUor less even before I heard them, due to their ubiquity in all the usual places I went to the over the counter culture store in the city the lights the cars the concrete smudges on the sidewalk So innocent and timidly asked the supercilious clerk behind the counter what VU record I should pick up first He looked at me and then sort of titled his head in a kind of bored way, with that why do you waste my time look the senior gives to the interloping freshman and said I d have to pretty much pick up everything Thanks, fucko preeshiate it.As luck would have it, Columbia House was having a fire sale on box sets and my friend was picking one up so I could get the beautiful 5 disc retrospective for a pittance I hurried home I plopped it into my boombox yup, yup and didn t look back I take great pride in claiming to be the first kid on my block hell, immediate vicinity to listen to the VU and of course evangelize among my peers This is the real shit, folks, nevermind the green day here s white light white heatThis was the book my best friend bought after having borrowed I think the first and second records I mean Compact Discs, for accuracy s sake, but indulge me over a weekend We passed it back and forth in the library, where we skipped out on gym class and left the relatively less courageous Dave to suffer amid the indignities of parquet and floppy shorts, hearing such tales of derring do as we sober, well scrubbed Reagan Babies had never seenguitars leaned up against amps at the end of a concert, blaring hostile feedback at the already confused and skeptical audience statuesque, robotic Nico intoning doom and sexual confusion Heroin the whole Exploding Plastic Inevitable thing wide eyed speedfreak runaways accosting curious hipsters amid the silver and charcoal walls of the Factory, shouting are you a queer and does he eat you out.the whole bit.I m not especially saying it s a great book It does the job, it explains some of the myth and gets the milieu right, but it s not as comprehensive as it might be and sort of sketches over the really interesting early backgrounds of the band Lou s prodigious songwriting skills and misanthropic romanticism, Maureen Tucker the androgynous computer programmer who beat on telephone books to Olatunji and Bo Diddley on weekends, the chilly, intense, classically traind Welshman John CaleBut when you re 15 and starting to think there sto life than KISS 108, Forrest Gump and L.L Bean backpacks this book can be used to keep some doors ajar long enough to hear the music from the other side


  2. Kimmo Sinivuori Kimmo Sinivuori says:

    I really like oral histories, especially about rock pop music This is a very interesting oral history of one the greatest cult bands of all time, the Velvet Underground.The book has been written edited put together by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga Bockris has written among other things a very good biography of Andy Warhol and Malanga of course was Warhol s right hand man during the heyday of the Factory Because of Bockris and Malanga s association with Warhol, the link to Warhol and the I really like oral histories, especially about rock pop music This is a very interesting oral history of one the greatest cult bands of all time, the Velvet Underground.The book has been written edited put together by Victor Bockris and Gerard Malanga Bockris has written among other things a very good biography of Andy Warhol and Malanga of course was Warhol s right hand man during the heyday of the Factory Because of Bockris and Malanga s association with Warhol, the link to Warhol and the Factory crowd is nicely made I particularly liked the part where Ingrid Superstar is asked to describe Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker Also, the sometimes strained relationship of the band members with Nico is well explored.The great thing about this book is that it was written in early 1980 s when all the protagonists were still alive and the memories from the time the VU was active still fresh in their memory There was not that much nostalgia at that point and everyone interviewed gives, I think, a pretty accurate picture of the goings on.The only irritating thing, which to me lost the five stars, is that Bockris and Malanga have theory in their mind that everybody was up tight in the Factory crowd, NYC art world in general and in the VU Maybe it was an inside joke of sorts because they have allowed Sterling Morrison to counter that theory in his introduction to the book


  3. Tom Shannon, Jr Tom Shannon, Jr says:

    A few excerpts of this 1985 Velvet Underground book Up Tight were in the 1996 oral history of punk rock called Please Kill Me , which I read back in the 90 s.The Up Tight excerpts were used selectively and out of context in Please Kill Me with an agenda by its writers to make certain individuals look lazy and unimaginative Warhol and others look superior Paul Morissey Highly suspicious, don t you think This oral history Up Tight is a muchreliable source of information about Lou, A few excerpts of this 1985 Velvet Underground book Up Tight were in the 1996 oral history of punk rock called Please Kill Me , which I read back in the 90 s.The Up Tight excerpts were used selectively and out of context in Please Kill Me with an agenda by its writers to make certain individuals look lazy and unimaginative Warhol and others look superior Paul Morissey Highly suspicious, don t you think This oral history Up Tight is a muchreliable source of information about Lou, Andy, VU and Factory, because a balance was achieved Differing viewpoints were presented by multiple people on sensitive topics for example, Mo, Sterling and Steve each contributed their own opinions on why Lou left the band Full of arcane facts, gorgeous bw photos, and a discography Solid read, and very amusing


  4. Burt Campbell Burt Campbell says:

    Spotty, non comprehensive Some good anecdotes photos Tries to make an argument that everyone was making everyone else up tight, and that that was a driving force behind the artistry of the group I think such an argument is forced, artificial but, really, the reader can ignore all that This was a precious invaluable resource in the pre Internet days, now I m not so sure Spotty, non comprehensive Some good anecdotes photos Tries to make an argument that everyone was making everyone else up tight, and that that was a driving force behind the artistry of the group I think such an argument is forced, artificial but, really, the reader can ignore all that This was a precious invaluable resource in the pre Internet days, now I m not so sure


  5. Bruce Bruce says:

    Actually, just re read this I probably first read it about 25 years ago Oh, the trouble it causedIt s a great, arty, oral history of one of the greatest bands in creation.


  6. Jon Jon says:

    Very nice book The extensive quotes from interviews and other sources are really interesting and work well in this context This is not designed as a comprehensive account of The Velvets, but it is a very rich slice of the story The photographs are really great, giving an additional personality and account to this fascinating group and the people around them.The framing argument about everyone making everyone up tight and that the success of the band and the E.P.I came through these tensions Very nice book The extensive quotes from interviews and other sources are really interesting and work well in this context This is not designed as a comprehensive account of The Velvets, but it is a very rich slice of the story The photographs are really great, giving an additional personality and account to this fascinating group and the people around them.The framing argument about everyone making everyone up tight and that the success of the band and the E.P.I came through these tensions and conflicts might seem a bit forced, but is also a very interesting and rather provocative assertion Sterling Morrison s intro suggests the up tightness might be played a bit heavy, at the detriment of the sheer fun of being in the Velvet Underground This intro, however, generates its own tension between the book, its subject and readers up tightness continues Also, there is quite a bit of evidence within the albums to support this claim, particularly in the first two Sister Ray excels to a great degree because doing the song in one take meant each member fought for prominence in the song Conflict has often bred remarkable artistic achievements, though it doesn t breed band longevity for obvious reasons.This is a fine entry point to the history of The Velvet Underground Its lacking in its discussion of the post Cale work, which kind of does a disservice to everyone involved in those records But it remains an informative, accessible and short introduction to an important band whose work remains fascinating, challenging and rewarding


  7. Kevin Kevin says:

    While a fantastic tale of the Velvet Underground told in the words of those who were there, the layout leaves something to be desired The text is small and the book an unusual shape for a biography someone asked me if I was reading a coloring book as that s the size of the book Rather short, just under 200 pages, but chockfull of interesting tales of the band, photos, advertisements, etc.Highly recommended, but would love to see a modern reworking with a different layout and page size.


  8. Max Rebo Max Rebo says:

    M s que un libro de narrativa convencional, Uptight es un c mulo de declaraciones literales de los Velvets y la gente de su entorno No parece que haya explorado suficientemente la relaci n Reed Cale, fundamental para la comprension de la creatividad del grupo, as como su ruptura Pese a todo, es un cl sico.


  9. Tom Newth Tom Newth says:

    i hadn t read this for over 20 years and it was even better than i remembered mostly first hand reminiscences, with little authorial analysis what there is is unashamedly partisan , with the useful addition of a few pages on the reunion


  10. Sam Sam says:

    Oral history of the band the Velvet Underground This edition covers the years 1966 1970 with a brief chapter concerning the band s reunion for a series of European concerts in 1993.Not terribly informative but very fun, indeed Deserves a place on any hipster s bookshelf.


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