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  • Series: 33 1/3 (Book 11)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (March 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826415504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826415509
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new entry in a series about famous LPs. Harvard seeks not to "'explain' the Velvet Underground, or their first and definitive album" but to share what he finds "interesting about it." Much has been written already about this album and how, while it wasn't a huge commercial success, it inspired many future rock stars. In exploring what early Velvet John Cale called "an almost religious fervor about what we were doing," Harvard evokes the heady days of promise before internal pressures cut the band's career short.

Mike Tribby
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“Author Harvard has succeeded in finding the right mix between objective research and personal connection with his subject.” –Jason Dropor, Record Collector, October 2004 (Jason Dropor)

"A bite-sized look at the creation of one of the more seminal albums of our time….well worth dipping into." David Hill, Shredded Paper Magazine, Fall 2004 issue

"The splendidly named Harvard sees the Velvets through the eyes neither bleary nor jaded nor excessively worshipful, and among many sharp insights nails the idea that it wasn't just LouLouLou with, oh yeah, John Cale and the chick who split after this debut and the drummer who played standing up and the bass player who moved to Austin. Anybody who's heard "Sunday Morning" as the sun's coming up on a Sunday morning knows the Velvets were a BAND, and for these two sides of vinyl there was no more powerful idea. A-" —Austin American-Statesman, Oct. 17, 2004

"[Harvard] has the material as well as the gift of gab." —Robin Vaughan, Boston Herald, 6/6/04

More About the Author

Raised Joseph Alia Incagnoli, Jr. in working class Jeffries Point, East Boston, author Joe Harvard has lived in Asbury Park, NJ for nearly a decade. Joe became an Ivy-trained archaeologist before settling into a long career as a musician, producer-engineer, promoter and indie pioneer. Co-founder of Fort Apache Recording [1985], Helldorado Productions (originators of Music at the Middle East Restaurant, Cambridge) [1988] , NYC's Tribal Soundz [1999], & Asbury's Cranial Mass Productions [2008], winner of the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Local Producer title [1989] and NYC's prestigious Moth StorySLAM Championship [2001], his most recent accolades include Asbury Music Awards (AMA's) for Top Americana Band [2009], Top Multi-Instrumentalist [2010] and Top Avant-Garde Act [2010]. Joe's LP Country Eastern, a meld of garage, alt-country and middle eastern sounds, is available at iTunes, CDBaby and other online vendors.

Harvard honed his writing from 1996 through 2003 on his award-winning Boston Rock Storybook web site [now being battered into publishable form offline] before authoring The Velvet Underground and Nico for Continuum editor David Barker's 33-1/3 Series in 2004. Joe appears in several books on indie and alternative rock, like Josh Frank's excellent Pixies: Fool the World and video/film documentaries including Counting Backwards and The Velvet Underground, A Critical Analysis, as well as contributing to local music publications such as Upstage, Fabric Staircase and Muck.

Joe's list of session credits includes playing on LP's with Dinosaur, Jr., Throwing Muses, the Pernice Brothers, and Grammy winning country artist James Otto, contributing any one of a host of instruments such as lap steel, timbura, tanbur, cumbus, bazouki, acoustic / electric guitar and bass. Joe has also contributed production and engineering for Treat Her Right, Morphine, Connells, Breeders, Tanya Donelly/Belly, Gwar, Peter Halsapple & Syd Straw among many. Harvard's 1985 - '93 tenure as principal owner of Fort Apache was marked by countless pioneering indie and alternative releases, including the Pixies, Bosstones, Buffalo Tom, Lemonheads, Mission of Burma, Blake Babies/Julianna Hatfield, and numerous others.

RECENT ACTIVITY

Joined by Cranial Mass Productions partner Mallory Massara, Joe can be found hosting Rock-N-Talk, a live music talk show held the last Friday of most months in Asbury Park. Another concept with roots in Cambridge's Plough & Stars Pub is the Long Weekend, which enjoyed a 2-year, 111 show weekly run on Monday nights, winning the AMA's Top Avant-Garde Act [2010], and is now done intermitently as the mood strikes. This unique evening features co-Host Mallory Massara as Queen of Trivia & creator of goofy/brainy contests. while Joe conducts a constantly shifting assemblage of audience members -- both musicians and non-players alike. Exploring Andy Warhol's idea of eliminating borders between audience and performer, all percussion and other instruments and amplifiers are provided for spontaneous performances of songs as well as for improvised backing for spoken word during the popular Poetry Corner. Joe has also provided musicianship for performances and/or recordings with prominent NJ songwriters such as Mark Prescott, Keith Monacchio, Rick Barry, Lauren Pennington, Geena, Greg Wilkens, Kenny "Stringbean" Sorensen and the Stalkers and the groups Agency, Dubproof and Last Perfect Thing. He continues to play regular live shows with Velveeta [the Velvet Underground tribute band], the Cockwalkers [Boston Garage at it's best], solo as the Human Slinky, and with the Joe Harvard Band.

He is currently working on a second book of true stories from the world of rock, and his travel experiences in the U.S.,, U.K., Saudi Arabia, Greece and Pakistan, and adapting the once-online Boston Rock Storybook for print.

joeharvardnj@yahoo.com
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Customer Reviews

This book provides interesting insight into the band's origins and the sessions for the album.
P Magnum
My recommendation is not to buy this book but to borrow it and then read it some time when you are not doubt Waiting For The Man.
Brian Egras
So don't go judging the whole series off of this one review or anything... and don't buy this book!
Z. Hopkins

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By F.Scott on April 13, 2005
Format: Paperback
A few pages into The Velvet Underground and Nico you already sense that Joe Harvard clearly enjoys the heck out of his work. Conversational at times, more formal where fact-gathering is concerned, Harvard's tone moves seemlessly from hilarious indie-rock-vibe riffing to an almost poetic admiration when describing the songs themselves. The result amply justifies Continuum's choice of musician/fans - instead of career critics - to write the 33-1/3 series. At times reading this book was like watching a band on stage, and you can't ask much more than that from a book on rock.

This book is really well-researched, as I guess you'd expect from an arachaeologist-turned-musician-turned -writer; with the backround story assembled as it is from liner jackets, magazine articles, websites and interviews (plus key passages from the other major Velvets works) it makes a perfect introduction for potential VU fans, while the detective work Harvard does on this definitive work by a great band will answer some long-standing questions for VU veterans.

Curiously, since the author's style is often irreverent, he still conveys his considerable respect for the achievement that this album was. Some of the funnier parts of this book involve the writer's admitted Boston-centric stance, and the way he weaves in elements of his own background veers from artful to self-admittedly ham-fisted. When checking out the writer's background, I found it interesting that one of the articles he wrote for a local NJ music 'zine, Upstage, was an appreciation/obit for Hunter S. Thompson ... with a similar embrace of subjectivity and such a melding of personal background with the book's subject, I wonder if this is akin to the "New Journalism" of rock writing? Whether it is or not, this is definitely a book worth reading.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Siriam on August 22, 2004
Format: Paperback
How to do true justice to an LP that was not a commercial success on release in March 1967 after a delay of almost a year from its recording, yet features regularly in most "all time" Important/Influential Rock LPs listings? Plus as Sid Griffin stated in his liner notes to a 1997 re-release in comparing this VU LP with the similarly ignored first Flying Burrito Bros. LP, it seems many of the copies that were since sold made the listener go out and form a band inspired by what they'd heard, given how many musicians cite the LP as an influence.

The author (a musician and producer in Boston, a favourite venue for the VU at the time in the USA) given his age was not around when the LP first came out and has instead "tracked back" based on seeing the pervasive influence it had on may later rock acts who he admired. In doing so, he has benefitted from being "guided" by Jonathan Richman (a longstanding and close VU fan plus influenced musician) in not being fooled by the many false statements and conflicting claims that exist by many of the participants.

What this book does beautifully is with great scrupulousness, nail the facts down and reassess what all the different participants contributed (or maybe didn't in some cases!) to the final end result. Compared with all the many prior books on the VU I have read (and there are indeed many for a group that during its existence had very limited commercial success or critical appreciation) this is easily the most honest and thorough on the subject I have read to date.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
Joe Harvard's entry in the 33 1/3 series is an immensely enjoyable read. I like the Velvet Underground's music, but wouldn't consider myself a huge fan. This book provides interesting insight into the band's origins and the sessions for the album. It's tough to understand how revolutionary the album was for its time, but Mr. Harvard does an excellent job of setting the 60's NYC scene in Andy Warhol's world.
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22 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Bergeron VINE VOICE on September 10, 2004
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If you have read the information included in the "Peel Slowly and See" box set, you have more information than is included in this book. Reading like someting I would have written in High School or in my early college days, this mini book is a major disappointment. A handful of quotes from VU fan mags and the above mentioned "Peel Slowly..." booklet, doesn't a good book make.

Avoid unless you have never read anything about the VU.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By missed VINE VOICE on September 25, 2006
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Fascinating tome by Joe Harvard (of Fort Apache/Pixies fame) about the making behind not only the Velvet's, but also their first LP. Lovingly researched, Harvard attempts to find the fact buried beneath years of myth as we go from the early founding of the band through Warhol/Morrissey's management. Unlike other books in the 33 1/3 series, little is said about the production of the album itself, save for the question of whether or not the songs were recorded completely live or not. Harvard's prose shows the love he has for his subject, and makes learning about this seminal album a treat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M on December 8, 2011
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Seems to have been written by a 14 year old.

Offers fairly thorough backstory to the production of the album, but the author is clearly a developing writer. Overall this is probably the least impressive 33 1/3 release I've read ='(((((((((((((((((((

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