There are tons of books about The Velvet Undergound. Most of them are a waste of paper. The ones listed on this page are good to excellent.
Victor Bockris & Gerard Malanga
Omnibus Press, 1983
ISBN: 0 7119 0168 6
Lavishly illustrated. Essential reading for anyone who is into the Velvet Underground. Updated in 1995, including a new section about the 1993 Velvets reunion.
Omnibus Press, 1997
Song-by-song album review. Includes photos of the 1993 reunion tour.
Omnibus Press, 1989
Consists of quotes and interview excerpts. Includes VU/solo discographies, including session appearances.
Albin Zak III
Schirmer Books, 1997
Four decades of commentary. Essays, interviews and more. Contains an extensive discography and filmography.
Continuum International Publishing Group, 2004
152 p. paperback, USA/UK
Each track of the album is discussed extensively. Interesting information from engineer Norman Dolph.
Equinox Publishing, 2006
In/depth musical study by a teacher at Goldsmiths College. Transcriptions of major songs galore. Includes suprisingly good information about Cale's stint with The Dream Syndicate.
Rough Guides, 2007
Sporting shades and a feedback-heavy sounds, the Velvets straddled art and rock, changing popular music forever, and sowing the seeds for punk, grunge and thousands of countercultural four-chord wonders. The Rough Guide to The Velvet Underground explores: The Velvet Story: How Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and the others emerged from the New York scene, their successes and excesses and what happened to each in their solo years. Velvet Music: From their 1967 debut with Nico to their 1993 reunion with all the tales behind the tunes. Velvet Universe: Everybody who was anybody in the Velvet’s world, taking in Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, David Bowie, Delmore, Schwaretsz and Brian Eno. Velvet Goldmine: The “Underground” on screen, the Velvets’ New York, clubs, influences, covers, websites and more.
Jawbone Press (London), 2009