Let’s Pretend It’s 1965 and We’re in the East Village

Save the Village
The Velvet Underground Experience
All photos from the Velvet Underground Experience on Broadway in the East Village

The Band

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground with Andy Warhol

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground
Performing as part of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable
Cale, Reed, Warhol
John Cale, Lou Reed, Andy Warhol
John Cale, Lou Reed
Cale and Reed many years later (1989)

The Shows

Velvet Underground at Summit High School
The Velvet Underground was the first warm-up band in a show at Summit High School in New Jersey in 1965

The Music

The Velvet Underground and Nico
The Velvet Underground and Nico, the first album, 1967
Velvet Underground album
White Light/White Heat, the 2nd album

Some Greenwich Village contemporaries

America, Allen Ginsberg

It’s the 1960’s

Cafe Bizarre
An early Velvet Underground venue
Vietnam War protest
Death March of the Bread & Puppet Theater protesting the Vietnam War
Hippie poster
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7 Responses to Let’s Pretend It’s 1965 and We’re in the East Village

  1. pjlazos says:

    Seems like such a better time, but that’s probably through the lens of nostalgia. Do you think it’s too late to buy real estate, Ken?! ;0)

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    • Ken Dowell says:

      Not sure it was a better time Pam. The bigotry and intolerance that we see in our society was even more prevalent then. And we were getting drafted and sent to a war where we had no business being. But it was a better time to buy real estate.

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  2. I love this … plus, it has inspired me to pull out all my Velvet Underground records for an afternoon binge. (There was a time when that I thought, “Well, if I can’t be Patti Smith, maybe I can be Mo Tucker instead.” I’ll still hold out for Patti, but Mo was pretty awesome.)

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  3. Henry Lewis says:

    I had to return and look at these photos a second time…very kool. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  4. anantha says:

    Thanks for the blog visit !!
    Walked thru the village 20 years later, much different from what’s here !!


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