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The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Arguably the most influential of all the proto-punk groups , the Velvet Underground were unique among Sixties rockers in their intentional crudity, sense of beauty in ugliness, and their dark and risqué lyrics. During the age of flower power, the Velvets spoke in no uncertain terms of social alienation, sexual deviancy, drug addiction, violence, and hopelessness, evoking the exhilaration and destructiveness of modern urban life. The group's music and attitude shaped the work of literally thousands of bands, from David Bowie to Sonic Youth.

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