‘The Velvet Underground’ Documentary: Watch the Trailer

Todd Haynes is directing a new documentary on the Velvet Underground, with release date set for October 15. The first trailer just dropped, and you can watch it above.  

Titled The Velvet Underground, the film features archival footage, photos, commentary from people around the band, and interviews with the bandmembers themselves, including Lou Reed and John Cale. Andy Warhol appears, too – in the trailer he ‘introduces’ the group by saying, “We’re sponsoring a new band, it’s called the Velvet Underground.”

Director Todd Haynes is best known for feature films including Far from Heaven, Safe, and Carol. He also has directed multiple films with a focus on music, including Velvet Goldmine (a fictionalized portrait of the glam-rock era), Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (told entirely with Barbie dolls), and I’m Not There (a unique fictional take on Bob Dylan’s life and legacy, with multiple actors portraying Dylan…or Dylan-like characters). 

The Velvet Underground debuts in theaters and on Apple TV on Oct. 15. A soundtrack to the film will be released that same day, including music from the Velvet Underground as well as artists who influenced them. The track list is below. 

Disc One
01. Venus In Furs – The Velvet Underground
02. The Wind – The Diablos
03. 17 XII 63 NYC The Fire Is A Mirror (excerpt) – The Theatre of Eternal Music
04. Heroin [mono] – The Velvet Underground
05. Road Runner (Live) – Bo Diddley
06. The Ostrich – The Primitives
07. I’m Waiting For The Man – The Velvet Underground
08. Chelsea Girls – Nico
09. Sunday Morning – The Velvet Underground

Disc Two
01. Sister Ray (Live) – The Velvet Underground
02. Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
03. Foggy Notion – The Velvet Underground
04. After Hours (Live) Version 1 – The Velvet Underground
05. Sweet Jane – The Velvet Underground
06. Ocean – The Velvet Underground
07. All Tomorrow’s Parties – The Velvet Underground


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‘THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack’ To Be Released October 15