Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Velvet Underground 1965 TV Appearance w/ Walter Cronkite and More

Posted from MikesDiggs Music 1/1/2014

Forty nine years ago yesterday the Velvet Underground made their first tv appearance. I recently came across a silent clip of this moment. I added it to my Velvet Underground page on the MikesDiggs Music blog at On it we have posted a number of 1960's films of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground. In previous posts here we have showcased some of these videos but we have recently added a new batch of clips including this one.

CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

"The Making of an Underground Film about Piero Heliczer's film Venus In Furs, with the Velvet Underground performing Heroin, Heliczer joining in on saxophone.

This is, I think, the only circulating excerpt from The Velvet Underground's first TV appearance. The 31 seconds here are taken from the 1996 BBC documentary 'Dancing in the Streets'. Shorter versions of the same clip have been more recently used in the John Cale documentary from 1998, and the 'Seven Ages of Rock' documentary. No sound because the original soundtrack isn't included on any of the circulating versions."

Uploaded to YouTube by msturdy 

To see more early Velvet Underground film clips as well as a trailer for the "Venus In Furs" movie click here for our Velvet's page. Part of the Mikes Diggs Music section on our web portal.

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