The Velvet Underground was an American rock band, active between 1964 and 1973, formed in New York City by
Lou Reed and John Cale, who both went on to find success as solo artists.
Also known as
The Falling Spikes
New York City, United States
Rock, art rock, experimental rock, protopunk, psychedelic rock, avant-garde, drone
1964-1973, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996
Nico, Theater of Eternal Music
The band is named after a contemporary pulp paperback of the same name by Michael Leigh.
Its about the secret sexual subculture of the early 1960s. Cale's friend Tony Conrad showed the group the book.
MacLise made the suggestion to adopt the title as the band's name.