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Andy Warhol Directed Velvet Underground Video Goes Online

05/29/2014
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(Radio.com) A psychedelic and surreal concert film that hasn't previously been publicly available popped up on YouTube on May 21 of a Velvet Underground concert from Boston, directed by Andy Warhol.

The show, which the uploader identifies as being shot by Warhol at the Boston Tea Party venue in 1967, is 33 minutes, 29 seconds of fuzzy noise, quick cuts and bursts of light. Open Culture identifies it as the only existing color video of the Velvet Underground playing live.

The opening credits recognize the clip as belonging to the Museum of Modern Art in New York's film library. The museum's website, which notes that the film was last screened there in 2010, describes Warhol's camera work for the film as "featur[ing] a variety of filmmaking techniques-sudden in-and-out zooms, sweeping panning shots, in-camera edits that create single frame images and bursts of light like paparazzi flash bulbs going off-that mirror the kinesthetic experience of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, with its strobe lights, whip dancers, colorful slide shows, multi-screen projections, liberal use of amphetamines, and overpowering sound of The Velvet Underground."

Watch it here.

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