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> It's been said that only 250 people bought the first Velvet Underground LP -- but every one of them went out and started a band.



Actually, that stems from a 1982 quote from Brian Eno who said the VU's first five records only sold 30,000 but everyone who bought one started a band.

http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2013/10/29/how-many-albums-did-lou-reed-and-the-velvet-underground-really-sell/


On Oct 29, 2013, at 6:29 PM, Paul Stamler <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> On 10/28/2013 8:07 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Marc Myers hits all the right points. Many obituary writers clearly
>> didn't understand Lou Reed, the NYC arts scene of the 60's through 80's,
>> and pretty much anything else that was hip and different. Lou Reed's
>> influence on a certain strain of rock music cannot be overstated. He may
>> also have influenced the fact that the Czech Republic is a stable
>> democracy today (one news report indicated that the Velvet Underground
>> strongly influenced a young Vaclav Havel to become a poet dissident).
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> Peace,
> Paul