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The Velvet Underground – “Velvet Underground” by Michael Leigh / 1963 Book The Band Took Their Name From

A 1963 first edition paperback of The Velvet Underground by Michael Leigh, the book on sexual deviance that gave the Velvet Underground their name.  This is the earliest printing, dated 1963.  Reportedly Lou Reed and Sterling Morrison’s friend, Tony Conrad (a legendary avant-garde musician) found a copy of this book lying in a New York City street, and according to Morrison, the group liked the name, considering it evocative of “underground cinema,” and fitting, due to Reed’s already having written “Venus in Furs” , inspired by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s book of the same name, dealing with sado-masochism.

This copy has a bit of general wear to the covers, but is tight and clean inside.  A scarce and sought-after Velvet Underground collectible.

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