Stefano Bianchi publishes his biography L'accademia in Pericolo - Minimalismo, Rock e Neoclassicismo in Italy.
During the Loaded sessions, the last studio album the Velvets recorded in 1970, Cale returned to play organ on Ocean. This version did not make the album, but apparently resurfaced on the Fully Loaded 2-CD re-issue.
"I was brought in by Bruce Sesnick in a half-hearted attempt at re-uniting old comrades."
On 17 September 1997, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, confers an Honorary Fellowship upon John Cale, who studied there form 1960 until 1963.
Composes the soundtrack of House of America, a family drama set in Wales. Directed by Marc Evans.
Cale performs live at the retrospective Flaming Creature: Jack Smith: His Amazing Life And Times at the Institute for Contemporary Art/PS1 Museum in Long Island City, NY, USA.
Reads the poem The Moon on Kerouac - Kicks Joy Darkness, a tribute to the writer Jack Kerouac.
American group Human Drama cover (I Keep A) Close Watch on their Live - 14,384 Days Later album.
Lancaster County Prison cover Bring It On Up on their What I Love About America album.
Mixes and plays piano on Garageland's on the track Feel Alright on the three track Beelines to Heaven cd single.
On October 4th the music composed by Cale for a ballet for Nico is premiered at the Rotterdam Schouwburg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
The ballet is performed by the Scapino Ballet, dancing a choreography created by Ed Wubbe. Dutch singer Fréderique Spigt sings Nico's lyrics.
Some footage of the rehearsals with Ice Nine is included on the John Cale: An Exploration of His Life and Music DVD.