Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol – Up-Tight Handbill From 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 perforances by the Velvet Underground with Nico (only preceded by their performance 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 featured, and noted at the bottom: "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 with Sedgewick and Malanga is extremely scarce and sought after. This copy is from the collection of the late Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison. Sterling actively collected Velvet Underground memorabilia throughout his band's career, and we obtained this and other one-of-a-kind items from his widow, Martha Morrison. 8 1/2" x 11", with four long flattened creases from folding. Included is a signed letter of authenticity from Martha Morrison, and our written lifetime guarantee of authenticity. A highly desirable Warhol/Velvet Underground item, with extraordinary provenance.

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