Lou Reed has passed away Faces at the age of 71. He is regarded as a formidable figure and is credited with having played a key role in the creation of 1967’s The Velvet Underground/Nico, which was one of rock’s most iconic albums. He was also instrumental in preparing the ground for punk and glam. Reed was the grumpy centre of a zeitgeist throughout his entire life.
Oddly enough, Lou Reed’s first memory is of him riding a Honda scooter and saying Hey. Do not settle for walking. I first saw Lou Reed on television as a teenager. He was there on American suburban television, and then he vanished. It almost seemed like nothing had happened.
As I viewed the video again on YouTube this morning it struck me how normal Reed looked. He was so healthy and well-respected when he was riding his red scooter, while Walk on the Wild Side, which accompanied jump cuts of New York at night, played underneath. One of the comments below the video was a simple, confused wail by “daveny1979” posted a few month ago: THIS HAPPENED? It was.
Many Reed’s obituaries seem to feel the need to make him the Great Artist that we knew he was. His band was his most influential, his work most daring, and his feelings were his most felt. It seems to me, however, that Reed’s life, and the facts of his biography alone, should make it difficult for any superlatives to be attributed. His portraits are merely laudatory, but he was an interesting artist.
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A recently reissued copy Up-Tight: The Velvet Underground Story contains a passage that captures something about Reed. The book is a collection of long quotes from people who were in New York at the time all these events were taking place. Tony Conrad is now widely regarded as an important artist but was only a member in good standing of a pseudo-rock-and-roll group. Conrad notices something about Reed that is crucial for explaining many of the events that followed.
Relates how John Cale, a founding member of The Velvet Underground, lived with him at 56 Ludlow Street in Manhattan. we had worked for a while with LaMonte Young faces doing extremely strict, regimented tasks that were quite intense.
Conrad recalled that he used to love to go home after a long day of work in avant-garde aesthetics. He would play Hank Williams, and blast songs from his huge 45 collection. Conrad says that Cale and he found something very liberating about rock music.
Their next-door neighbour knew some men who owned a Coney Island record label and said that they were looking for long-haired guys to start a rock band. They met Pickwick Records, the label’s owners, at one of their neighbour’s parties. They agreed to go during what Conrad calls an interview.
This strange cinderblock warehouse was packed with records from floor to ceiling. These sleazeballs, weirdos in polyester suits had a small hole in the wall room with some Ampex tape recorders.
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They had gone back to the office with one of their writers and gone insane one night recording a few of their songs. They had decide to release them but needed a cover band because they were being listen to by executives and creepos.
Conrad and his bandmates heard The Ostrich and decided to play some gigs to promote it. He recalls that the next weekend Conrad and his bandmates listened to The Ostrich and agreed to play some gigs to promote the record. They discovered that the car had a fourth member. The guy who actually wrote and recorded the song was Lou Reed. He was 22.
One can easily get the impression that massive tectonic plates are crashing into each other. Creating new landmasses, by reading the many memoirs and exegesis from New York in 1960s. Relying on only these narratives can lead to a loss of a lot. Lou Reed was a complicated character. He was as capable of working his way through Pickwick Records. Fly-by-night organization as he was at Andy Warhol’s complex, sometimes difficult social and artistic world.
The Velvet Underground and larger, more elaborate spectacles like The Exploding Plastic. Inevitable or The Factory not only places where art was made. They were fashionable, exclusive, and high-profile. Reed was able to put himself in the centre of everything. Making him matter to others, whether he was working at the margins or hustling records. He will greatly miss qq online.