Also, they were very accepted by the "stoned flower-power" hippies. They were very much a part of what was going on every where back then. I've heard several stories about how great the Exploding Plastic Inevitable was in San Francisco in '66 or '67. "Hippie" hadn't yet been turned into a caricature by the media. The asinine "punks vs. hippies" thing was a decade away.
Angus MacLise and John Cale brought musique concrete and avant-garde to the Velvets. Lou was a word man.
Lou was amazing, but there certainly would have been plenty of punk rock, hip hop, electronic and rock music without him. Indeed they already did exist, or their proto-types did. See MC5 (and countless Nuggets-era garage punk bands), Gil Scott Heron and the Last Poets, Funkadelic, Silver Apples, the Doors, the Deviants.
Good article, though.
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