Monday, December 13, 2004

the Velvet Underground, image copyright Lisa Law
In San Francisco, we played the Fillmore and no one liked us much. We put the guitars against the amps, turned up, played percussion and then split. Bill Graham came into the dressing room and said, 'You owe me 20 more minutes.' I'd dropped a cymbal on Lou's head and he was bleeding. 'Is he hurt?', Graham said. 'We're not insured.'

John Cale recalling the Velvet Underground's appearance at the musical Mecca for West Coast hippies in the late 1960's.