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Past Event Richie Unterberger: The Velvet Underground & Nico

Richie Unterberger inside a building wearing a gray sweatshirt and gray hat.

Richie Unterberger

In connection with the exhibition, The Velvet Underground & Nico: Scepter Studio Sessions, we welcome Velvet Underground biographer Richie Unterberger, who will discuss the recording of the band’s classic first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967). With audio and video clips, as well as pictures from the period, the presentation will focus on their April 1966 sessions at New York’s Scepter Studio, mixed-down master tapes of which were recently discovered by The Warhol. Unterberger will highlight the birth of classics from their debut album like “Venus in Furs”, “I’ll Be Your Mirror”, and “All Tomorrow’s Parties”.

Richie Unterberger is the author of numerous rock history books, including White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-By-Day. He’s currently researching his next book, the full-length biography Do What You Fear Most: The History of the Velvet Underground, which will be published by Omnibus Press in 2025, and include information that’s come to light since the publication of his previous book on the band. He teaches rock history courses at several colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the University of San Francisco and the University of California at Berkeley. His most recent book, published by Taschen in 2022, is San Francisco: Portrait of a City.

  • Doors open at 6 p.m.


The Velvet Underground & Nico: Scepter Studio Sessions is made possible through support provided by the Curatorial Vision Fund. Leadership support for the Curatorial Vision Fund is provided by The Fine Foundation, Jim Spencer and Michael Lin, and Scott M. Mory.

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