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Published on Jun 27, 2012
Venus in Furs, a novel by Austrian author Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, written in 1870, was adapted and set to music in 1967 by none other than The Velvet Underground on their debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico (Andy Warhol).
The character of Severin (in Venus in Furs) reflects at the end of von Sacher-Masoch's novel: "That woman, as nature has created her, and man at present is educating her, is man's enemy. She can only be his slave or his despot, but never his companion. This she can become only when she has the same rights as he and is his equal in education and work."
Lyrics by Lou Reed. Produced by John Cale (producer of Horses, Patti Smith, 1975). Lyrics are of fair use pursuant to 17 U.S.C. section 107 for nonprofit and educational purposes incorporated herein. Arranged by William Tell.