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Velvet Underground – Sterling Morrison’s Signed Musicians Union Card, From Velvet Underground Reunion Era

Velvet Underground co-founder and guitarist Sterling Morrison’s Musician’s Union’s Card, from the era of the Velvet Underground’s European reunion tour.

Morrison, who’s legal name was Holmes Sterling Morrison, Jr. belonged to the Houston branch of the American Federation of Musicians; he spent many years in Texas after leaving the Velvets, studying at the University of Texas, where he earned a PhD in medieval literature, and later working as a tugboat captain in Houston.

This union membership card, signed by Morrison with his legal name, expired on December 31, 1994.  In mid 1993 the Velvet Underground reformed, touring Europe to great acclaim.  As Wikipedia notes, …by the end of the tour, relationships had soured again and plans for a US tour and MTV Unplugged album were scrapped, and as a result, the European tour turned out to be the last for the Velvet Underground. Morrison joined [Velvets drummer] Maureen Tucker’s band for a tour in 1994.  In late 1994, Morrison was diagnosed with lymphoma, which took his life in August 1995.

We acquired this from Sterling Morrison’s widow, Martha; included is her letter authenticity, as is Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

A great Velvet Underground collectible with impeccable provenance.

 

 

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