2. THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO

So much talent in one place at one time! Lou Reeds brilliant song writing, John Cales classical background and noise experimentation, Sterling Morrisons and Lou Reeds tight and scratchy guitar playing and Mo Tuckers primitive and never miss a beat drumming. Add the stark Germanic voice of Nico. The songs range from tender (Sunday Morning, Femme Fatale, All Tomorrows Parties to the intense Waiting for my Man, Venus in Furs and the masterpiece Heroin. A great album, great band, the birth place of many things to follow including Lou Reed and John Cales solo releases.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

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