The Velvet Underground’s 2nd album was released on 30 January 1968.
Following the poor sales of their first record, the band parted with both Andy Warhol and Nico, and recorded White Light/White Heat in 2 days (produced by Tom Wilson). It didn’t help the sales any, but once again, the music proved to be highly influential.
The commercial failure of the album heightened tensions between John Cale and Lou Reed. Cale wanted the music to continue in even more experimental ways, while Reed wanted to achieve popular success. In the fall of 1968, Reed held a band meeting without Cale and announced that either Cale had to go or the band would be dissolved. Cale was fired.
Tonight was great! The event was amazing, funny, insightful and relatable and Benedict and Louise were brilliant. So were the others reading the letters, a cellist who played a piece written from a music student for a fellow student he was crushing on, and Tom Odell. I saw Ben entering before the event (no decent pics- damn!!) and Louise and the others leaving after. For some reason Moffat was there- talking about Sherlock to Ben and Loo in the intermission and before?!?!?!?!?!
I was lucky enough to get a picture with the wonderful Louise Brealey. She was so lovely, it took her about 15 minutes to get to her car as she signed all autographs and took a bunch of photos and when she got past everyone I was by her car. I said ‘Louise! Thank you.’ She came over and hugged me!