The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

The Velvet Underground

Induction category: Performer
Presented by: Patti Smith


The influence of the Velvet Underground on rock greatly exceeds their sales figures and chart numbers. They are one of the most important rock and roll bands of all time, laying the groundwork in the Sixties for many tangents rock music would take in ensuing decades. Yet just two of their four original studio albums ever even made Billboard’s Top 200, and that pair – The Velvet Underground and Nico (#171) and White Light/White Heat (#199) – only barely did so. If ever a band was “ahead of its time,” it was the Velvet Underground. Brian Eno, cofounder of Roxy Music and producer of U2 and ...

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"Everyone should be encouraged ... inspiration and artistic freedom is the cornerstone of rock and roll."

- John Cale accepts induction with the Velvet Underground

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