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#Creativity – the ‘ugly beauty’ of The Velvet Underground

I Wanna Be Creative!

We can all learn a lot from the creativity of The Velvet Underground – the way they sounded so different from other music going on at the time – in the late 60s.

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I mainly got into The Velvet Underground when I was a university student in the 80s when a friend with broader music tastes introduced me to their sound.


As I was a pretentious and impressionable Arts student – I loved the arty experimentation of The Velvets and how they tried to combine art and music and how they dared to be different.

One of the many things I loved about their sound was what I describe as an ‘ugly beauty’ or should that be a ‘beautiful ugliness’?

Anyway, for me, there was always this ‘exquisite tension’ between beauty and ugliness.

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For example, John Cale played the viola  – but it often wasn’t ‘pretty viola’ but an ugly…

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