Velvet Underground’s cred, a sound that preceded the image.
The juxtaposition of fearless, weirdos, and misfits that were born out of the legendary band surpassed the generational gap of the baby-boomer era and bridging unto the X. Velvet Underground.
Todd Haynes is already collecting impressive track records regarding documentaries about musicians alike. His resume includes 1998’s Velvet Goldmine, a spin on a 70s glam rock scene, and 2007’s I’m Not There, a biopic about Bob Dylan.
With such an impressive resume, Todd Hynes The Velvet Underground focuses on Velvet Underground’s debut The Velvet Underground & Nico, and concludes with the band’s dissolvement and Lou Reed’s solo act.
The movie itself doesn’t use The Velvet Underground as the main focus of what Haynes tries to conclude, but the aftermath of what will happen because of the 60s experimental art movement.
Andy Warhol who acts as the biggest benefactors of the band early years. He comes with a love of recording the environment along with his work, with that known facts and by the lack of documented proof of the band’s early years, it’s pretty staggering.
The film almost acted as a vehicle to curating a crash course to the 60s art movement. Even Warhol saw the band as the amalgamation of film, music, and art project in the one giant medium.
The intimate sensation received through the lens of Haynes, The Velvet Underground, still looms in a big giant curtain of mystery, until this day.
Even when Lou Reed reaches his timely death in 2013, still dodged a lot of VU’s questions over the years. With a big legacy looming ahead, Todd Haynes The Velvet Underground is an experience.
Watch this documentary at Apple TV+