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Monday, October 28 2013

Legendary Heart: A Remembrance of Lou Reed

Lou Reed lived an extraordinary life, but that's mainly because he never followed any existing archetype. He was Lou Reed, and there was never anyone like him before, and there will never be anyone like him after.


Wednesday, May 2 2012

Seeing the Light: Inside the Velvet Underground

With exclusive new interviews from Velvet Underground, this is a captivating account of one of the most influential groups in rock history.


Sunday, July 27 2008

Part One: The Icons

With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.


Sunday, November 11 2007

Why Does the Music Have to End?: An Interview with Lou Reed

Three decades letter, Metal Machine Music gets a classical reworking. Lou Reed talks to PopMatters about this legendary album and Zeitkratzer's interpretation of it.


Columns

Monday, June 9 2014

Pronounced Dead: The Art of Cultural Assassination

Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?


Monday, November 25 2013

'How Do You Think It Feels?': The Lasting Effects of Prolonged Lou Reed Exposure

Some argue that Lou Reed, the man who never ran out of ways to say "fuck you", might not be the best influence for a child. I say he was the best role model a ten-year-old could have.


Reviews

Sunday, October 30 2011

Lou Reed and Metallica: Lulu

Have you ever been to a concert where the main act brings out a special guest for a song or two, and the connection is so pure that there is a palpable feeling of excitement in the room? Except in brief, fleeting moments, that doesn’t happen on this album.


Sunday, November 2 2008

Lou Reed: Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse

Lou Reed's Berlin is a classic. Lou Reed's Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse is not.


Sunday, January 7 2007

Lou Reed performs "Berlin"

When I heard that Lou Reed would be spending four nights in Brooklyn performing his landmark 1973 album, Berlin, in its entirety, it seemed impossible to pass up. Of course, it seemed equally impossible that it’d be any good...


Sunday, October 22 2006

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

On this tuneful 1976 gem, the streetwise, gender-bending rebel revealed that all he really wanted was to "play football for the coach".


Tuesday, December 6 2005

Lou Reed: Live at Montreux 2000 [DVD]

The strongest point of this collection may be that the song selection makes a strong case for his work from the past 20 years without putting it into contrast with his Velvet Underground and '70s solo work.


Blogs

Thursday, January 9 2014

Lou Reed Owned the '70s

Perhaps because it represented his formation as a solo artist, his manifestation of “Lou Reed”, as opposed to “Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground”, Reed owned the '70s more than any other decade.


Wednesday, October 31 2012

The 10 Spookiest Lou Reed Songs

From graphic depictions of violence and death to ominous and grating musical atmospheres, Reed has numerous frightening tunes that can comprise an alternative Halloween soundtrack for those seeking something different from the traditional holiday horror themes.


Friday, April 20 2012

Counterbalance No. 78: Lou Reed's 'Transformer'

The 78th most acclaimed album of all time came and hit the streets, looking for soul food and a place to eat. It’s such a perfect day to discuss this 1972 glam rock spectacular.


Thursday, July 8 2010

Lou Reed and Jason Robert Brown: Thoughts on Expectations and Downloading

Here's a little lesson in promotion and audience expectations... Last Friday, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed and John Zorn did a performance at the Montreal Jazz


Friday, September 26 2008

Lou Reed's Berlin (2007)

Music is the most opened ended of mediums. Individuals can influence the reception of a song or a sonic cycle simply by using their own


News

Monday, November 6 2006

Influential rock pioneer Lou Reed's eyes are on the future

Lou Reed isn't one to focus on the past. The music he created in the 1960s and `70s remains a touchstone for the hippest rock


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