This publication is a catalogue produced in conjunction with an exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of the release of the album, The Velvet Underground and Nico. The album, perhaps the most famous debut by any band in the history of rock and roll, continues to resonate today with collectors, indie-rockers, aficionados, critics and the culture at large. Its enormous presence, however, had yet to be fully examined in an exhibition. This show attempted to correct that oversight, offering the most comprehensive collection of Velvet Underground memorabilia and artifacts yet to be seen in New York City. The catalogue tells the story of the album and the Velvet Underground through the historical artifacts of the period. Drawn from public and private collections, the show featured reproductions of rare printed work – posters, books, silk-screens, ads, reviews, and ephemera – as well as albums and photographs. The look, a fascinating hybrid of art, design and musical cool, is all documented here with text contributions from Johan Kugelberg, William Gibson, John McWhinnie, Jon Savage, Jonathan Richman, Jack Womack and Richard Prince.