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The Velvet Underground As Peanuts Characters

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Working as the manager for up-and-coming New York band The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol produced their first album in 1967, which included designing the famous banana sleeve cover – follow the instructions to ‘peel slowly and see’ and reach the fleshy tones beneath the fruity yellow skin. The Velvet Underground & Nico has become an instantly recognisable image.

 

ndy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, Nico’s son Ari Delon, Mary Woronov, and Gerard Malanga, 1966

Andy Warhol, The Velvet Underground, Nico’s son Ari Delon, Mary Woronov, and Gerard Malanga, 1966 Via Billy Name: The Silver Age

 

According to French magazine Les Inrockuptibles’ Guide to the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory, an insert produced in conjunction with a 1990 VU concert and Warhol exhibition at La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Warhol’s visual VU interpretations didn’t end there – at some point the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Nico were reworked into Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts gang.

 

Les Inrockuptibles' Guide to the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory

 

warhol superstar velvet underground

Les Inrockuptibles' Guide to the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol’s Factory

La Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain show Via

 

Although one fan says ‘The Peanuts Underground’ first appeared in a mid-1980s issue of What Goes On, a magazine published by the Velvet Underground Appreciation Society.

 

what goes on velvet underground

 

Anyone have a copy?

Via WFMU

  • njguy54

    Love it! If I had a time machine, one of my first stops would be Andy Warhol’s Factory, circa 1967.

    And this combines two of my favorite things: Peanuts and VU. At first I wondered how I would have done this differently, but I think this is pretty much on point — especially Snoopy as Lou Reed! Maybe I would have added Pigpen as Billy Name and Frieda (“naturally curly hair”) as Edie Sedgwick. And to be really mischievous, throw in Lucy as Valerie Solanas…