Many of the historical greats don't experience widespread recognition at the time of their initial artistic expressions (we're looking at you Walt Whitman). The Velvet Underground knew a similarly themed story, as they didn't receive great acknowledgement, for the most part, until the 1980's
While the hippie counterculture was growing in San Francisco, a whole different scene was happening in New York City. The Velvet Underground hooked up with famous artist Andy Warhol to create darker, edgier music and a traveling show called “The Exploding Plastic Inevitable”. Read more about The Velvet Underground as part of our "Psychedelics" documentary series. https://www.kexp.org/learn/documentaries?docid=13
"I'm Waiting for the Man" is ranked No. 161 on Rolling Stone's Best Tracks of All Time list, putting it just behind U2's 2009 ballad "Moment of Surrender." Come on, guys. Also, Macaulay Culkin still has a pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band.
Check out this mini-documentary done in 2009 by KEXP about Velvet Underground and other psychedelic bands here:http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2009/08/11/kexp-documentaries-psychedelics-%E2%80%93-the-velvet-underground/