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Unseen colour footage of the Velvet Underground in 1969 has been uncovered

Unseen footage of ever-illusive band The Velvet Underground from 50 years ago has been uncovered.

The tape was recently discovered among many untitled and damaged reels from the G.William Jones Film and Video Collection at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

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Unseen colour footage of The Velvet Underground performing at the Dallas Peace Moratorium in 1969 has surfaced.

The university digitised the footage to reveal an interview with Sterling Morrison and a performance by the band at the Dallas Peace Moratorium on October 15th 1969. Dallas Peace Day was dedicated as a protest against the Vietnam War and held at the historic Winfrey Point overlooking White Rock Lake.

Morrison’s interview is held casually sitting on a grassy hill where he discusses Peace Day being the first anti-war event they’ve played at. When asked how does this rally compare to those in New York he replies, “there a fewer people and the thing in New York is there’s a tonne of anarchy which is kind of missing here.  It doesn’t exactly belong here.”

The footage flashes between the interview and The Velvet Underground’s set where they play I’m Waiting for the Man, Beginning to See the Light and I’m Set Free.

There is also a silent B-roll available from the same day, featuring the band and an interview between bassist Doug Yule and frontman Lou Reed being conducted.

The band make an appearance in the video main between the 2:36-6:40.

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July 3, 2019