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The Velvet Underground

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Hall of Fame Essay


David Fricke

The induction of the Velvet Underground into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the culmination of the band’s slow, strange, inexorable rise to its rightful place in posterity.

The Velvets’ extraordinary transformation from openly reviled pop antichrists and chart exiles to universally hailed- and widely loved- pioneers of catalytic guitar violence, art-house idealism and fearless lyric candor has taken three decades.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1996
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They were a band of opposites shooting freely from pole to pole

Patti Smith



Photography: Kevin Mazur, WireImage

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