The Velvet Underground: The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

Reed is undoubtedly most known for his visionary guitar work and in 1969 a devoted fan captured his brilliance by recording The Velvet Underground’s 13-song set at Boston’s short-lived, experimental concert venue, the Boston Tea Party. Reportedly, the fan recorded the tracks directly from Reed’s guitar amplifier which rendered the vocals almost inaudible, and the result is nearly two hours of beautifully intense strumming known as “The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes.” Hear the cult-favorite bootleg in its entirety via YouTube.