10 March 2021
“On this day 50 years ago, Wednesday, March 10, 1971, Lou Reed gave his first poetry reading at the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church. This was Lou’s first public appearance since leaving the Velvet Underground and he made it known at the time that he might not go back to rock & roll at all. He focused on his writing for the year between leaving the Velvets and ultimately signing with RCA as a solo artist. Many of his poems from this period were published in the early 1970s. The cassette recording that Lou made during the reading is part of the Lou Reed Archive at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center.”
Full info on FB Lou Reed right here.
One of his poems was WE ARE THE PEOPLE.
Listen here to the authentic version, 50 years ago today…
LOU REED: Website
21 February 2021
Artist: LOU REED
March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013
Album: SET THE TWILIGHT REELING – his 17th LP
Released: 20 February 1996 – 25 years ago
Rolling Stone: “After you’ve devoted an entire album to the ultimate concept — death and the mourning after — what do you do for an encore? If you’re from New York and you’re Lou Reed, you write about the kind of small pleasure that makes life amid the ruins worthwhile. Only Reed could invest a song about 50 cents’ worth of seltzer and syrup with roiling guitar and almost corny vocal zeal and put it at the beginning of a record about emotional renewal and personal discovery… Reed has dedicated ‘Set the Twilight Reeling’ to his paramour, Laurie Anderson… The album, however, is less about consummation than transformation and its consequences — for better and worse… Reed has been a changed man on record so many times, it’s easy to mistake sincerity for shtick… And when you get right down to it, true love and a new day rising are both a lot like a good egg cream: sweet relief.” Score: 4/5.
Turn Up The Volume: For Lou Reed it’s an average LP
as he made to many classics to compare with.
Single: NYC Man
LOU REED: All Albums
2 December 2020
Last night The National ringmaster MATT BERNINGER performed live
on the American TV show Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show. Instead of picking
one of his songs from his recent solo debut LP Serpent Prison he went
for a cover of the Velvet Underground classic I’M WAITING FOR THE MAN,
written and sung by the late glorious Lou Reed.
Bernigner‘s rendition sounds rather happy.
In any case not as haunting as the VU version.
Judge for yourself here…
MATT BERNIGNER: Facebook
5 October 2020
With NEW YORK late NYC genius LOU REED made one of his greatest albums ever. His fifteenth LP appeared on 10 January 1989 and the critics, and fans of course, praised this remarkable record, rightly so, euphorically.
A 3CD/DVD/2LPs deluxe edition is out now. It features a 2020 remaster, and includes
a live version of the entire album on CD assembled from various performances on Lou Reed’s 1989 tour. The second CD features the non-album track ‘The Room’, the solo acoustic rendition of ‘Busload of Faith’ and the single version of ‘Romeo Had Juliette’, as
well as ‘Work Tape’ or ‘Rough Mixes’ of tracks from the album. A couple of encores from
an August 1989 performance at The Mosque in Richmond, Virginia complete this disc.
Pitchfork: “A new reissue highlights the ongoing relevance of Lou Reed’s opus about his hometown in the era of AIDS and Reaganism, a protest album unlike any other.”
Stream it all here…
LOU REED: Facebook