Amazing how many pop icons were born in the years 1942-1944. Then, since they were supposed to die at 27, they would have gone close to 1970. To mark the end of the Sixties, fittingly 🙂 .
I wasn’t cool enough to have heard about the Velvet Underground at the time, and not even to consider it apt for me to buy their stuff properly later, but I did buy an old scratched LP of theirs, though I didn’t listen to it much.But I did see him, probably at The Alhambra – “Krapyrubsnif” (i.e. Finsbury Park). There it was confirmed for me that nastiness was essential to his essence, not some kind of pose. He walked off angrily without giving an encore because he was disgusted with the audience for some reason. Didn’t change my enthusiasm, but it did highlight his character for me.
The crowd’s excited enthusiasm when he started to play “White Light – White Heat” was as great as I remember at any other concert at the start of a song, but it apparently didn’t impress him. I heard that song and “I’m Waiting For The Man” there for the first time too, but seldom via the airways since.Drugs. Nastiness, world weariness, decadence. Just a hint of jazz. MMM! TRUE essence of Rock and Roll 2.0!
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