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After Punk, What? The Velvet Underground

Alan Betrock, New York Rocker, July 1980

THOSE MUSIC-business "pundits" have often repeated the claim that a music-industry phenomenon rears its head every ten years — you know, Elvis in '54, the Beatles in '64, and so on. Unfortunately for the theoreticians, the '74 phenom failed to materialize — or did it? On one hand, we had DISCO, which was certainly a music-business phenomenon; on the other hand, we had the NYC punk/new wave scene, which was also certainly a legitimate phenomenon, though not at the cash register.

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