The upcoming film will focus on the cultural legacy of the avant-garde band as a set of contradictions: “timely yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture.” Never-before-seen performances, studio sessions, movies from Andy Warhol (who once served as their manager) and other pieces of art will be shown in the documentary to support what founding member John Cale considered the group’s creative spirit: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”
The Velvet Underground released a total of five studio albums between 1967 and 1973 and had a total of eight different members during their active years. They were also known as the “house band” of Warhol’s iconic workspace The Factory and officially disbanded in 1996, although several members returned for brief reunions or interviews.
Hayes’ film is just one of the music documentaries Apple TV+ recently acquired the rights to; the streaming service is also set to premiere Bruce Springsteen’s Letter to You, Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special and Billie Eilish: The World’s a Little Blurry.
Stay tuned for the official trailer and release date.
Elsewhere in entertainment, the cast of Seinfeld is reuniting for the “Fundraiser About Something.”