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Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale has written a remembrance of his time at 56 Ludlow St. in Manhattan, where the Velvet Underground was, apparently, born. (via The Awl)

According to Jerry Vance, they “looked commercial.”

In the fifth-floor apartment in ’65, Lou [Reed], Sterling [Morrison] and I combined the music of Erik Satie, John Cage, Phil Spector, Hank Williams and Bob Dylan. The result was a new form of rock—more about art than commerce. We rehearsed, we experimented, and the six songs we taped in the apartment in July ’65 on our Wollensak recorder wound up being the basis for our first album in ’67—“The Velvet Underground & Nico.”

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