April 25, 2006

Velvet Underground: Under Review DVD

Popmatters.com has an extensieve review of the Velvet Underground DVD Under Review. No new stories from John Cale or Lou Reed:

Most unfortunate is Lou Reed's and John Cale's nonparticipation. Their comments in the generous, David Fricke-penned book that accompanied the 1995 box set Peel Slowly and See were witty and insightful and gave a warm humanity to a band that is too often pigeonholed as New York sleaze incarnate. Doug Yule and the ever-cool Maureen Tucker have to do the job here, providing first-hand accounts of life in the VU. It is Tucker, who spent several post-Velvets years raising her kids in Georgia while working at Wal-Mart, who gets the last word. Yes, she says, it would have been nice if the Velvet Underground had made 10 million dollars, but it's even better that they made music that still influences people today. For that reason alone, Under Review is worthwhile, as it pays tribute to the band's staying power even if it isn't an essential release.

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