Lou Reed Dead at 71

by Norm Gregory on October 27, 2013

in Hot Topics, KZOK, Music

The last time I saw Lou was at KZOK radio, in 1976, the afternoon before his appearance at Seattle’s Paramount. He was looking tense, sweaty, with his “girl friend” Rachel who was in an evening gown and displayed a very prominent Adam’s apple.

As a teen Lou was forced to undergo electroshock therapy as a supposed “cure” for his bisexuality.

The show at the Paramount was good. He stood in front of a wall of TV sets all displaying static.

Walk On The Wild Side is from Lou Reed’s 1972 second solo album, Transformer, after leaving the Velvet Underground. It did not chart high in Billboard, but was a huge hit in Seattle after we edited out one line.

Lou Reed: The Inimitable Man Rock Music Was Waiting For
When a famous rock star dies, there’s a natural tendency among fans and journalists alike to overstate the late figure’s importance: the former out of grief, the latter because it makes better copy.

In Lou Reed’s case, that’s almost impossible to do, just as it’s almost impossible to imagine what rock music might sound like had the Velvet Underground never existed. ● More: Music | The Guardian

Remembering Lou Reed: 7 of our favorite songs
From “Rock & Roll” to “Street Hassle,” seven of Salon’s favorite Velvet Underground and Lou Reed songs ● More: Salon.com

Lou Reed Expanded Boundaries of Rock Music
From the remove of 47 years, it is difficult to adequately calibrate the impact of “The Velvet Underground and Nico,” the 1967 debut album by the New York band fronted by Lou Reed, who died Sunday at 71.

Bearing a banana-embossed cover by Andy Warhol that could literally denude itself (“peel slowly and see,” the legend read), the LP was a shock to popular music’s system. It addressed topics – heroin addiction, sexual aberration – that had hitherto been taboo in popular music, and mounted Reed’s literally stunning lyrics in a matrix of molecule-rearranging noise. It is one of those few records of which this can be said: Nothing like it had ever been heard before, and it permanently altered notions of what was possible, and permissible, in rock music. ● More: Variety

What Lou Reed Taught Me
Lou Reed was the first rock star to truly mess up my mind. It was the end of the ’70s; I was in high school. With no older siblings and few friends to guide me — my sweet boyfriend was a classical cellist — I was stumbling around trying to educate myself about the foundations of the punk scene I desperately wanted to make my home. I haunted record-store cutout bins because the remaindered albums there, commercial failures, were cheap. I’d buy whatever looked vaguely roughneck (The Clash and the scruffy early Springsteen had revolutionized my life) or theatrical (after Bowie and Kate Bush started the wheels turning). One day, I saw a cover shot of Reed, whom I recognized because I had that Velvet Underground banana album, wearing aviator shades and looking both Hollywood-glamorous and oily. A car’s headlight made a starburst in the plastic that hid his eyes. ● More: WNYC

Lou Reed And Coney Island Baby
Thanks to Lou Reed, people want to come to New York City.
That wasn’t always the case.

At the height of his solo career, from the mid ’70s and into the ’80s, the city was falling apart.

But Reed glamorized the decadence and made New York seem like the coolest place on earth. ● More: Business Insider

A Look Back At Lou Reed’s Life As A Performer
Lou Reed, the great punk poet of rock n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday at 71. ● More: Business Insider

Celebrities React To Lou Reed’s Death On Twitter
Legendary rock pioneer Lou Reed died over the weekend, The Rolling Stone reports. He was 71.

Reed was best known for his work as a guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and had a profound impact on American culture, introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. ● More: huffingtonpost.com

Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader, Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71
New York legend, who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, underwent a liver transplant in May ● More: Music News | Rolling Stone

Lou Reed dead at 71
Lou Reed, whose band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in 1960s’ New York through its collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at age 71, Rolling Stone reported. ● More: chicagotribune.com

Lou Reed, iconic punk-poet, dead at 71
Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n’ roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, died Sunday age 71.

Reed died in Southampton, N.Y. of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months. Reed shared a home in Southampton with his wife and fellow musician, Laurie Anderson, whom he married in 2008. ● More: www.kirotv.com

1 John Strawn May 5, 2014 at 9:57 am

I recall the Lou Reed “Interview” vividly, it was my show at the Paramount. After your valiant attempts to draw him out, we left the studio along with Rachel, his tour manager/companion, and in the elevator Lou apologized saying he was taking a broad spectrum antibiotic that he was having a reaction to. As the day progressed he was better and in fact did a great interview with Patrick MacDonald who was very pleased to have the opportunity…

2 Norm Gregory May 5, 2014 at 10:06 am

Thanks for checking in John.

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