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White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground day-by-day (Genuine Jawbone Books) Paperback – June 1, 2009
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About the Author
Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books. The first of these, Unknown Legends of Rock ’n’ Roll (1998), profiles underappreciated cult rock artists of all styles and eras; the next, Urban Spacemen & Wayfaring Strangers: Overlooked Innovators & Eccentric Visionaries Of ’60s Rock (2000; also available as revised/updated 2013 ebook edition), features in-depth surveys of 20 underrated greats of the era. Turn! Turn! Turn!: The Folk-Rock Revolution (2002) and its sequel, Eight Miles High: Folk-Rock’s Flight from Haight-Ashbury to Woodstock (2003) cover the history of the 1960s folk-rock movement. Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High have been combined into the ebook Jingle Jangle Morning: Folk-Rock in the 1960s, which adds new and updated material.
The Unreleased Beatles: Music and Film won a 2007 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research in the “Best Discography” division of the “Best Research in Recorded Rock Music” category. His most recent books are White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day (2009) and Won’t Get Fooled Again: The Who from Lifehouse to Quadrophenia (2011). His most recent book is Fleetwood Mac: The Ultimate Illustrated History (2016), published by Voyageur Press.
Unterberger is also author of The Rough Guide to Music USA, a guidebook to the evolution of regional popular music styles throughout America in the 20th century, and The Rough Guide to Jimi Hendrix. He is a frequent contributor to MOJO and Record Collector, and has written hundreds of liner notes for CD reissues. He teaches courses on rock music history at the College of Marin, the University of San Francisco, and City College of San Francisco. He lives in San Francisco.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book is what the title says it is; a day by day, or in some cases week by week, analysis of the Velvet Underground, with the bulk of the story covering the years 1965-1970, and especially the mid 60's. The print is small, and while there are plenty of awesome pictures, this is a long read. It's a terrific reference tool and it puts their career into the appropriate context. I only wish that Unterberger would have given more of his opinions in regards to specific songs.
This is not light reading, and it's not a traditional biography. But, you will get more information regarding the group from this book than any other, no question.
I am so glad I made myself read this. In all fairness, this book really is basically a Velvet Underground textbook. I've read tons of band biographies (mostly nirvana and Kurt cobain) but I realized I've never read a VU one, so it was about time. I've learned so much about them in such a short amount of time, if you've ever wanted to know about the VU, this book will not leave you with a single question. I would recommend this to any die-hard fan. Excellent work despite a couple of typos here and there.
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