“Velvet Underground,” a documentary that focuses on 60s rock bands, is a deep dive. It follows Haynes’s “I’m Not There” which tells the elusive art and talent of Bob Dylan. Karen Carpenter, “Superstar”, uses Barbie dolls in the “Superstar” story. The novel “The Velvet Gold Mine”, written by David Bowie is also featured.
The 60-year old Haynes answered a telephone question about his fascination with artists and the 1960s. We spend time trying to trace the origins and musical interests of the artists. It is important to evolve in order to truly understand it.
“What is it that Velvet Underground and its band, along with a bunch of other artists, created this unique sound?” It is what makes it so special.
“Because it took the Velvet Underground years to make their music as popular as it is today. They were so influential.
“But you lost its new material.” This is especially true with an iconic band. “So, one of my challenges was to listen to the songs again.”
Haynes uses split screens—sometimes splitting again and again—to tell his complex story. Andy Warhol plays the role of catalyst in this story. After joining Nico, the underground Velvet’s legendary German singer, Lurid and John Kyle became well-known and joined the band.
Reid started a successful solo career after the band broke up. His final years, which he passed away in 2013, were spent in New York City with Laurie Anderson.
This begs the question: Is Lou Reed gay or straight?
Haines replied, “Oh yes buddy!” “My point is that all of them are homosexuals!” This is not about actual homosexuality, but attitude.
“But Lou Reid is also trying out homosexuality. He was quite straightforward. David Bowie recorded his first big-scale solo record, “Transformers”, in which he was very straightforward.
“That is a record if pure homosexual liberation. Not to mention (a bit of) underground transboundary queer culture represented in the Velvet Underground.”
Haynes pointed out something Haynes did not know about Velvet. He said, “I had no choice but to shout to Boston because it is such an important part of the story.
“I know how important Boston and Boston Tea Party venues to their history. Jonathan Richmond of Modern Lovers saw 60 to 70 shows at Boston’s Tea Party venues as a teenager. This is almost the same amount that he saw in New York.
“Velvet Underground,” a Friday episode of Apple TV+, aired.