Lou Reed and his wife, experimental musician Laurie Anderson in 1995 captured at Coney Island by Annie Leibovitz
Bill Bentley, Lou Reed’s former publicist and longtime friend speaks to Fresh Air about Lou’s personal demons he fought through his art:
I think there [were] a lot of questions in [Lou’s] mind of how do you become a good person? How do you fight off the demons and the devils that take you down the other road, and that was his lifelong struggle, but I think that’s also what made him such a great artist because he never backed down from it. He acknowledged it. He wrote songs about it, like what is that line between good and bad in a person? And where does it take you?
Hear the interview with Bentley, which features clips from interviews with some of Reed’s fellow musicians and collaborators HERE
This photo needs a soundtrack. Fortunately, Lou created a song just for moments like these. (Or alternately, metaphors for drug use! But he denied it.)