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Apple Reveals The Velvet Underground, Raymond and Ray

Apple today revealed the trailer for The Velvet Underground and announced Raymond and Ray, starring Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke.

Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Todd Haynes, The Velvet Underground shows just how The Velvet Underground became a cultural touchstone representing a range of contradictions: the band is both of their time, yet timeless; literary yet realistic; rooted in high art and street culture.

Apple Reveals The Velvet Underground, Raymond and Ray

The film features in-depth interviews with the key players of that time combined with a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art that creates an immersive experience into what founding member John Cale describes as the band’s creative ethos: “how to be elegant and how to be brutal.”

Also announced today is The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, a 2CD and digital soundtrack that features both well known and rare Velvet Underground tracks, will be released on October 15, 2021 via Republic Records/UMe. Curated by Haynes and music supervisor Randall Poster, Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack is the official soundtrack for the documentary.

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Featuring some of the group’s most well-known tracks, rarities and songs that influenced them, the soundtrack serves as the perfect introduction to the band and companion piece to the film.

The soundtrack features such Velvet Underground favorites as “Sunday Morning,” “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” “Pale Blue Eyes,” “I’m Waiting for The Man” and “Sweet Jane,” as well as the mono version of “Heroin” and the rare cut “Foggy Notion.”

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Also featured are live versions of “After Hours” and “Sister Ray,” Nico’s “Chelsea Girls,” and the tongue-in-cheek novelty song “The Ostrich” by The Primitives, an early band formed by Lou Reed and John Cale.

Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack also features tracks by artists who influenced the band, including a live version of “Road Runner” by Bo Diddley; “The Wind,” a doo-wop classic by The Diablos featuring Nolan Strong; and the previously unpublished La Monte Young composition, “17 XII 63 NYC The Fire Is A Mirror (excerpt),” performed by The Theatre of Eternal Music.

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Venus In Furs 5:12

The Wind – The Diablos 3:05

17 XII 63 NYC The Fire Is A Mirror (excerpt) – The Theatre of Eternal Music 6:21

Heroin [mono] 7:14

Road Runner (Live) – Bo Diddley 4:14

The Ostrich – The Primitives 2:25

I’m Waiting For The Man 4:40

Chelsea Girls – Nico 7:27

Sunday Morning 2:56

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Sister Ray (Live) 19:03

Pale Blue Eyes 5:40

Foggy Notion 6:59

After Hours (Live) Version 1 2:56

Sweet Jane 4:09

Ocean 5:14

All Tomorrow’s Parties 5:53

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Raymond and Ray is a new feature film set to be produced by Apple Studios starring Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Fargo, Halston) and Ethan Hawke (The Northman, The Good Lord Bird, First Reformed), and written and directed by Rodrigo García (In Treatment, Albert Nobbs).

Raymond and Ray follows half-brothers Raymond (McGregor) and Ray (Hawke) who have lived in the shadow of a terrible father. Somehow, they still each have a sense of humor, and his funeral is a chance for them to reinvent themselves. There’s anger, there’s pain, there’s folly, there might be love, and there’s definitely grave-digging.

Hailing from Apple Studios, the film will be produced by Academy Award winner Alfonso Cuarón (Roma, Gravity), Bonnie Curtis (Saving Private Ryan, Albert Nobbs) and Julie Lynn (Albert Nobbs, To The Bone), who will produce through Mockingbird Pictures.

Gabriela Rodriguez and Shea Kammer will executive produce.

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