Fifty years after its release in the New York multimedia magazine "Aspen" (December 1966), "Loop", one of the Velvet Underground's earliest tracks, still represents something of an oddity in the group's career--an unclassifiable bruitist joke that has hardly ever been taken seriously. However, if we delve more deeply into "Loop," the work appears to harbor many qualities which would be qualified as "experimental" or "minimalist" less than 10 years later. If so, why has "Loop" been overlooked by the musical establishment? Furthermore, why has the track received so little attention from rock critics? These are the questions that I propose to answer in this article.
Levaux, Christophe (2016) Loop. In: Rock Music Studies, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 167-179. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/87541/.