Today in Rock History – June 3rd

1967, The Doors “Light My Fire” was released in the US, it went on to reach number one on the singles chart two months later. 1967, Aretha Franklin went to the top of he US singles charts with her version of the Otis Redding hit “Respect.” A top ten hit on the UK chart. 1967, […]

Today in Rock History – February 22nd

1967, The Beatles record the piano chord used on “A Day in the Life.” David Crosby pops by Abbey Road studios for a visit. 1968, The Who appeared at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. 1968, Genesis releases its first single, “The Silent Sun.” Peter Gabriel and Tony Banks later say they wrote the song […]

Our Tributes to Lou Reed

The sad news of Lou Reed’s passing on October 27th, 2013 stirred up a lot of emotions. There is one person here at that knew more about the co-founder of the Velvet Underground that any of us. Eric Berman had all of the recordings by both Reed and the Velvets.  He saw Reed numerous […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Andy’s Chest” by Lou Reed

“Swoop, swoop, oh baby rock, rock…” Only early ‘70s radio would play a song with blatant references to giving head and not have a problem with the lyrical content. Such was the atmosphere that welcomed Lou Reed’s second solo record after leaving the Velvet Underground and his biggest hit “Walk On The Wild Side.” If […]

Velvet Underground at Odds with Warhol Foundation over Banana Cover Licensing

In the story that first appeared in the New York Post, among other places, the Velvet Underground have filed suit in Federal Court claiming that the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts illegally licensed its iconic banana cover from the VU’s debut album.  Even though the artwork was conceived by Andy Warhol, the Velvet’s claim […]