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October 29, 2013
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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.)

nprfreshair:

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.)

(via nprmusic)

15:21 // 11 months ago
October 27, 2013

Lou Reed interviewed, circa 1974, talking about drugs. Sample from interview:

Interviewer: You want people to take drugs, is this perhaps why you sing about drugs?

Lou: Oh yeah, I want ‘em to take drugs.

Interviewer: Why’s this?

Lou: Because it’s better than Monopoly.

Don’t mess with Lou.

15:48 // 11 months ago

Don’t like the way this sounds? Deal with it. This is Lou’s day.

EDIT: We request that you turn this up full blast and share Lou’s work with your neighbors, because that’s how Lou would have wanted it.

(Source: Spotify)

15:16 // 11 months ago
15:06 // 11 months ago
June 2, 2013
I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry. I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.
A Facebook note from legendary rocker Lou Reed, who underwent a liver transplant recently, a move that saved his life. The revelation came from his wife, avant-garde icon Laurie Anderson, who revealed the news about Reed’s health in an interview with the Times of London.
19:07 // 1 year ago
April 21, 2012
FYI: Today is Record Store Day. Be sure to support your local record store, even if they’re selling multiple copies of Metallica and Lou Reed’s ill-fated “Lulu.” (photo from the recently-closed Melody Records in Dupont Circle, which will be greatly missed)

FYI: Today is Record Store Day. Be sure to support your local record store, even if they’re selling multiple copies of Metallica and Lou Reed’s ill-fated “Lulu.” (photo from the recently-closed Melody Records in Dupont Circle, which will be greatly missed)

11:27 // 2 years ago
November 2, 2011
Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side? First he made an album with Metallica, now he’s going to #(&@(&ing Starbucks? Who cares if this encounter, recalled by WFMU host and comedian Tom Scharpling, is real or not? It’s hilarious. (via mrshl, who has the full thing; this is really just the intro to a solid hour of tweeting)

Lou Reed takes a walk on the mild side? First he made an album with Metallica, now he’s going to #(&@(&ing Starbucks? Who cares if this encounter, recalled by WFMU host and comedian Tom Scharpling, is real or not? It’s hilarious. (via mrshl, who has the full thing; this is really just the intro to a solid hour of tweeting)

23:22 // 2 years ago
November 1, 2011
The bulk of Lulu sounds like your dad’s drunk friend reciting his self-penned erotica over a melting ReLoad cassette.
Entertainment Weekly’s review of the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration “Lulu,” which many internet types have been fearing might be the worst album in each artist’s careers. (Fortunately, EW says, it’s not: It “isn’t nearly as alienating as Reed’s 1975 noise experiment Metal Machine Music.”) Surprisingly, hatred of this album is far from across-the-board. In fact, the BBC claims it’s a great album: “It may well be, though, that in the fullness of time this is an album that is given the praise it deserves.”
8:50 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2011
The record, not yet titled, features 10 songs composed by Reed with significant arrangement contributions by the band that suggest a raging union of his 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica’s ‘86 crusher, Master of Puppets.
Rolling Stone writer David Fricke • Describing that bizarre Metallica-Lou Reed album the duo collaborated on. May we just say, could you pick two weirder albums to mash up? But that said, both Metallica and Reed seem uber-excited about the project, which is based around a bunch of songs Reed wrote for a German play. “A marriage made in heaven,” Reed said. ”I knew it from the first day we played together: ‘Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.’ ” It might be a bit before the project gets out, as neither Reed nor Metallica (who still are a multi-platinum-selling force) currently have a record deal. But then again, both are legendary enough that they probably have the money to start one. source (viafollow)
10:53 // 3 years ago
June 17, 2011
Metallica and Lou Reed record an album: Uh, what? Apparently The Velvet Underground’s art-damaged living legend, inspired by a jam during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary celebration, spent a few months in the studio with James Hetfield and the gang recording an album. That’s actually quite fast by Metallica standards. So what do you guys think it’s gonna sound more like, “Load" or "Loaded”? “Ride The Lightning" or "Transformer”? “Master Of Puppets" or "Metal Machine Music”?

Metallica and Lou Reed record an album: Uh, what? Apparently The Velvet Underground’s art-damaged living legend, inspired by a jam during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary celebration, spent a few months in the studio with James Hetfield and the gang recording an album. That’s actually quite fast by Metallica standards. So what do you guys think it’s gonna sound more like, “Load" or "Loaded”? “Ride The Lightning" or "Transformer”? “Master Of Puppets" or "Metal Machine Music”?

1:03 // 3 years ago