Letter: Velvets did not wrangle over cash

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The Independent Online
YOUR profile of the Velvet Underground ('Here's that thing all over again', Review, 16 May) was perceptive, comprehensive and accurate. However, I would like to correct any possible wrong impression that there was dissension among the group over the division of record royalties. There was not; indeed there were no record royalties to divide until the early Eighties.

The truth is more prosaic: their record company had failed to contemplate that they would ultimately release recordings by three somewhat different groups: one of five persons, and two groups of four persons.

Whatever tensions there may have been among the Velvets, they have rarely, if ever, concerned money, a relatively low priority for all of them.

Christopher R Whent

New York City

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