I didn't have my library card today in class...
I searched ‘The Velvet Underground’ in EBSCO, and I was surprised to find that I actually got results. Not only were there results, but I even found a biography on the legendary reporter for Rolling Stone, David Fricke. He has conducted some of the most cited interviews in the history of pop culture of subjects including, David Letterman, Kurt Cobain, Pete Townshend, and John Lennon.
I also found this amazing peer-reviewed analysis about, “freedom, repression, and sexuality in Western pouplar music in relation to the Work of the Velvet Underground.” The whole thing is 176 pages long, not including citation. Then I found another academic journal called “the Unbearable Lightness Of Being” about the works of andy Warhol. So then I searched Andy Warhol. There were dozens of articles.
This gives me a lot of confidence about my topic, because I wondered if all times that I’ve come across the Velvet Underground were just due to rock’n’ roll dorks. I don’t think a report on Led Zeppelin or The Who or Jimi Hendrix would be a good topic because a lot of popular artists have no relevance to any other part of American culture except for fans of the genre and people who make money off of them. What I mean is loads of people all the time try to define certain “movements” in pop culture history because they’re a part of them. But in reality all these “movements” are all part of the same scheme. So you couldn’t do a report on one particular popular artist without doing a report on the majority of popular artists, because that is the only way to describe culture as a topic that applies to a lot of people. You can sit in your room, and blog about whether jimi or jimmy was a better guitarist, but that wouldn’t apply to anyone except for ax-nerds.
The Velvet Underground were a part of something bigger that actually had a lasting impact. That’s why they’re worth writing about.
I’m going to attempt to get an interview with the professor of rock ‘n’ roll history at the U. My step-brother took that class, and he said his professor objectively stated that the Velvet Underground’s debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico (the one with the banana on the cover) is the most important record in rock ‘n’ roll history.