This tumblr is named "OH YES, JOHN CALE!" because I had never heard John Cale swear, so the obvious "F*CK YEAH JOHN CALE" did not seem appropriate.
I find it interesting and very important to keep "memories" alive. In photography, beautifully crappy und blurred VHS-screenshot-gifs I make, or the most beautiful of them all: the stories.
If possible, I name the photographers and sources. If you come across a photo you took, please let me know. If you are John Cale or any of the persons in the postings and for some reason would like them to be kept personal, let me know.
The Velvet Underground - The Boston Tea Party 1967, filmed by Andy Warhol[apparently]
Let’s hand the mic to Jonathan Richman, Velvets superfan, who was often in the audience: “[T]he crowd was FUN!” Wall-to-wall hippies, bikers, Harvard students, Northeastern students, fashion models, professors, drug dealers, art teachers, groupies, MIT students, photographers, local thugs, local disc jockeys, skinny-bohemian-artist girls, visiting dignitaries from the New York art scene, and the royalty of the Boston music set — the local singers and guitar-players in their mod suits strolling around with their beautiful girlfriends.”
“[S]ometimes you just plain couldn’t figure out where on the stage those strange sounds and harmonics were coming from, because of the eerie calm with which they played and improvised in front of you, and because every time they’d come to town they’d introduce at least one new song that would, for better or worse, sound like nothing else that had gone before in rock music.”
Picture 1: "Debbie Harry and Chris Stein with the surfboard from Punk Magazines Mutant Monster Beach Party. NYC 1977. This picture were taken on the set of the opening scene, which was the street just outside the door of Chris and Debbies loft. There just happened to be a Jaguar parked there, and the owner came by let us incorporate it into the scene. He even put the top down. -Tom Hearn” Source
Pictures 2 - 4: Cover of PUNK Magazine “Mutant Monster Beach Party”, 1977. The Players The Monster, along with biker dudes Lester Bangs, Arturo Vega and John Cale Source
Pictures 5 - 10: "Joey Ramone meets Debbie Harry’s Sheriff dad" - played by none other than Chris Stein
"A carbon copy receipt for equipment made out to "Velvet Underground NYC" and dated September 1968, the notations appearing to be for modifications to a Gibson guitar as per Sterling’s specifications. Some chipping and archival repairs to back. From the Sterling Morrison collection, with a letter of authenticity from Martha Morrison.”