THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.

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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: NEW YORK ART.

NY: Rizzoli, 2009. SIGNED deluxe first edition, limited to 400 copies, enclosed in a clamshell box featuring type design in gold from a rare Velvet Underground poster. Lge. 4to. (32x25cm.). Boards decorated with pearlescent lettering. 320pp., with 280 illustrations in colour and b/w.

Edited by Johan Kugelberg. Foreword by Lou Reed, preface by Vaclav Havel, and contributions from Maureen Tucker, Sterling Morrison ("Going Back in Time to Piero Heliczer", 3pp.), Doug Yule (from 1996), and Jon Savage, plus contemporary essays by Lester Bangs, Richard Meltzer, John Wilcock (including an interview with Lou Reed), and others. Photographs by Paul Morrissey, Adam Ritchie, Billy Name, Lisa Law, Fred McDarrah and Jonathan Richman.

Includes a 7" 45rpm record with rare versions of two VU tracks, "Real Good Time Together" and "If You Close the Door", contained in a thick card sleeve (a CD featuring the same tracks is laid in to the book).

The card sleeve prints a rare VU live photograph; this unnumbered hors commerce example is specially SIGNED by Lou Reed, Doug Yule and Moe Tucker (not all copies were signed by Doug Yule).

In addition, the book has been signed by the editor, and by Jon Savage, whose 14pp. essay situates and contextualises Andy Warhol and the Velvet Underground in the wider cultural ferment of the mid-60s.

Lavishly illustrated with rare photos of the band's first live appearance in New York, Warhol's cover and poster designs, Lou Reed's and John Cale's handwritten music and lyrics, press clippings and reviews, and rare flyers, handbills and posters.

An extraordinary assembly of material, and the first monograph on a rock group, the first in-depth study of the band's formative years, and the first detailed exploration of the intersections between rock music and the avant-garde art world in '60s New York.

Tiny top corner bump to book, o/w as new in clamshell box, as issued.

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