The name of a dance
/music roadshow sponsor
ed by Andy Warhol
in the late 60's/early 70's. Warhol used his fame
to sponsor and promote cutting edge artists and collect them into a single, creative
troupe, shielding them from the commercial film
and music industry
and allowing them to create raw
art free from commercial constraints.
The most famous members were Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground; it was Warhol who convinced Reed to let Nico join the band, and many V.U. and Lou Reed songs (Candy Says, Walk on the Wild Side) are about fellow members of the E.P.I.