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
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. Nicholas Lezard in a review for The Guardian:
A note before the title page says it is "designed for undergraduates and the general reader". Never mind the general reader, it was the fact that the Velvet Underground are now being studied by undergraduates that had me pacing around the room, pinching the bridge of my nose and saying the title of the fifth track on their third album ("Jesus") out loud a few times. Am I getting that old? When I was an undergraduate, they had hardly been split up for a decade. Students shouldn't be studying the Velvet Underground, they should sit around taking narcotics and listening to them. You'll be telling me next that students aren't allowed to take narcotics any more.
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
The 368-page, 8 1/2" X 11"-sized book covers the group's recording sessions, record releases, concerts, press reviews, and other major events shaping their career with both thorough detail and critical insight. Drawing on about 100 interviews and exhaustive research through documents and recordings rarely or never accessed, it unearths stories that have seldom been told, and eyewitness accounts that have seldom seen print, from figures ranging from band members to managers, producers, record executives, journalists, concert promoters, and fans.
Munster, 270 p. hardback, Spain, November 2008
Contains classic interviews with all The Velvers. Lavishly illustrated.
Catalog for the exposition at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2016.
Sous la direction de Christian Fevret et Carole Mirabello
Prix : 39 €
ISBN : 978-2373680157
Coédition La Découverte / Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris
Rodolphe Burger © D.R.
Contains an interview originally published in Les Inrock in 1990. Ma découverte de l'underground:
"'Heroin' était déjà écrite, mais ce n'est que lorsque Sterling s'est mis à jouer cette partie de basse, et moi du violon sur 'Venus', que j'ai senti que nous avions découvert un style. Quand nous avons trouvé cet arrangement pour 'Venus', je savais qu'il y avait là un style vraiment original, sale et malsain, indécent."
('Heroin' was already written, but it is only when Sterling began to play the bass part, and I joined in on viola on Venus', that I felt we had discovered a style. When we found this arrangement for 'Venus', I knew that this was a truly original style, dirty and unhealthy, indecent.)