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Velvet Underground – 1966 Andy Warhol’s Up-Tight/Filmmaker’s Cinematheque Handbill (First Shows With Nico)

A very rare 1966 handbill for Andy Warhol’s Up-Tight, Warhol’s first-ever multi-media extravaganza (preceding the legendary Exploding Plastic Inevitable.) These shows, on Feb 8 – 13, 1966 at the Film-Makers Cinematheque in New York City, were the first public performances by the Velvet Underground with Nico (Nico had performed with the Velvets only once before, at the New York Society for Clinical Psychiatry dinner.)

Appearing with the Velvets and Warhol were superstar Edie Sedgewick, Gerard Malanga, Paul Morrissey, Donald Lyons, Barbara Rubin, Bob Neuwirth, Daniel Williams and Billy Linich (aka Factory photographer Billy Name.) Also, as advertised here, “Up-tight Rock ‘n Roll, Whip Dancers, Film maker Freaks, Tapers, Anchovies, filming live episodes of the “Up-Tight” series and including Film Premiere for the first time anywhere: Andy Warhol’s MORE MILK, YVETTE starring Maria Montez and the Velvet Underground.”

These were extremely important shows for both the Velvets and Warhol, and this handbill, with an image of Warhol with the Velvets, Sedgewick and Malanga is extremely scarce and sought after. This copy is from the collection of Film-Makers’ Cinematheque founder Jonas Mekas, and comes with his letter of authenticity, and Recordmecca’s lifetime guarantee. 8 1/2″ x 11″, in mint condition.  A highly desirable Warhol/Velvet Underground item, with extraordinary provenance.

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