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  Lou Reed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reed has lived in New York City for most of his life and much of his music invokes the city, earning the singer comparisons (which he has encouraged) to William Faulkner and James Joyce as writers of regional interest.
Reed said later his goals were "to bring the sensitivities of the novel to rock music," or to write the Great American Novel in a record album.
The song was a result of Reed having been commissioned to compose a soundtrack for a film adaptation of Nelson Algren's novel of the same name that failed to materialize.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lou_Reed   (2043 words)

Lou Reed (born March 2, 1942), is an American rock and roll singer-songwriter, originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Especially while a member of the The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, Reed broke new ground for the rock genre in several important dimensions, influencing the rock and roll movement in general, introducing more mature and intellectual themes to what was then considered a music genre for children and teenagers.
Reed then fired an angry salvo at his hometown's political problems on the hit 1989 album New York, denouncing crime, high rents, Jesse Jackson, even Pope John Paul II and Kurt Waldheim; the album's "Dirty Blvd." gained fresh radio airplay.
www.brainyencyclopedia.com /encyclopedia/l/lo/lou_reed.html   (2103 words)

 Guardian Unlimited Arts | Arts features | Not a perfect day
Lou Reed is a bit of a hero of mine.
Reed is playing at the local concert hall, which looks made to measure for Reed in its concrete misery - the Barbican meets Belmarsh prison.
Reed has said in the past that he may as well be Lou Reed because nobody else does it better.
www.guardian.co.uk /arts/features/story/0,11710,958770,00.html   (1802 words)

 The New, Happier Lou Reed (NY Rock)
The new Lou has managed to cultivate the look and locution of a serious academic, as far as it is possible when one is a working rock star.
Reed has found his way into literary circles, having had a book of his lyrics, Between Thought and Expression, published a few years back and quite recently contributing an article to the New Yorker, in which he pretty much chronicles the back problems of an aging rock star.
Reed has surprised many by making it through to the other side alive after reigning so high for so long on the top of the next-rock-star-to-go list.
www.nyrock.com /lou_reed.htm   (625 words)

 Official Ticketmaster site. Lou Reed tickets, dates
Reed has a reputation of being a difficult man to work with for an extended period, and that has made it difficult for his extensive solo oeuvre to compete with the standards of brilliance set by the Velvets.
Lou Reed mostly consisted of flaccid versions of songs dating back to the Velvet days, and he could have really used the group to punch them up, as the many outtake versions of these tunes that he actually recorded with the Velvet Underground (some of which didn't surface until about 25 years later) prove.
Reed closed the '90s with an album that saw him explore relationships, 1996's Set the Twilight Reeling (many speculated that the album was biographical and focused on his union with performance artist Laurie Anderson), which turned out to not be one of Reed's more critically acclaimed releases.
www.ticketmaster.com /artist/735957   (2126 words)

Liking one Lou Reed LP, or several, or all of the ones he did in a particular era, is no guarantee that you'll like all of them, or even most of them.
Although Reed achieved his greatest success as a solo artist, his most enduring accomplishments were as the leader of the Velvet Underground in the 1960s.
If Reed had never made any solo records, his work as the principal lead singer and songwriter for the Velvets would have still ensured his stature as one of the greatest rock visionaries of all time.
www.lou-reed.com   (400 words)

 Lou Reed
Lou Reed must have been the only chap not to be afraid to record such kind of songs - bare, stripped down rockers with not a single wink neither to glam nor to heavy metal - in 1972.
This is a real Lou Reed album - and it has as much to do with glam rock as, for instance, Peter Gabriel and Genesis: you could argue that Genesis were a glam band, but apart from certain theater elements in their show, there was not much of a glam influence in the band.
The title track, recycled from Lou Reed, is a perfect example: the formerly magnificent nostalgic ballad with a heart-breaking chorus is given a piano-only arrangement and a careless, almost off-key vocal treatment (not to mention that only a short snippet of the original actually made it to the re-recording).
starling.rinet.ru /music/reed.htm   (12370 words)

 TrouserPress.com :: Lou Reed
Those who found the young Lou Reed — a deadpan chronicler of heroin's rush, adventures in peculiar sexuality and suicide's bloody razor — a daunting purveyor of unseemly nastiness disguised as art may be nonplussed by his middle-aged existence.
Reed's influence began with the Velvet Underground's predilection for forbidden fruit in its lyrics, and raging electric chaos in its music.
Reed's next project was a sentimental collaboration with old VU bandmate John Cale on a love letter to mentor and friend Andy Warhol.
www.trouserpress.com /entry.php?a=lou_reed   (2060 words)

 Gadfly Online.
Suddenly Lou Reed, the jaded urchin and drug abuser who chronicled the seamy life of New York City's streets in song, was transformed at 28 back into Lewis Allen Reed the ne'er-do-well son of a tax accountant.
Lou Reed was a commercial failure and offered no solutions to the problem Reed faced in finding a sound suitable to his lyrical ambitions.
Reed has been the subject of numerous books, won plenty of awards, and even PBS has done a worshipful documentary on him in their American Master's series.
www.gadflyonline.com /archive-lou_reed.html   (4224 words)

 rocknroll.net:Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground
I was a huge Lou Reed fan and was mildly irritated that there were like 42 message boards for U2 and none for the artists who gave them their inspiration.
So first I ran an FTP site, started a newsgroup and later (once it was invented) I put together the first Lou Reed Web page at http://daneel.acns.nwu.edu:8081/html/lou/discog.html.
Reed about it, but now you can find much more complete stuff elsewhere on the 'net, so I hope you won't miss it here.
www.rocknroll.net /loureed   (392 words)

 American Masters . Lou Reed | PBS
Lou Reed was born in Freeport, Long Island in March of 1942.
Reed’s lyrics examined taboo adult subjects, extreme life styles, and the urban underground.
Reed went on to collaborate with the rest of the band and later with Laurie Anderson.
www.pbs.org /wnet/americanmasters/database/reed_l.html   (674 words)

 Latest Lou Reed a little less edgy / Moody singer still master of contrasts
In the hands of the ever-truculent Reed, it only felt like the latest pose from an artist whose monumental talent is matched only by his passion for reinvention.
The sadomasochistic hymn "Venus in Furs" was sold short by Reed's blithe delivery, but found new depth in cellist Jane Scarpantoni's solo, which furiously captured the emotional highs and lows involved in pursuing pain for pleasure.
Reed delved into the melancholic "Berlin" with the likes of "Men of Good Fortune" and the wrist-slitting drama of "The Bed." Newer songs from "The Raven" including the title track and "Vanishing Act," merged well with this earlier material and highlighted Reed's and Poe's mutual fascination with darkness, redemption and loss.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/chronicle/archive/2003/06/23/DD88719.DTL&type=music   (653 words)

 Designing Furniture for Lou Reed's Apartment
Reed loved the table, but he wanted a few things changed.
Lou: All I wanted was something that wouldn’t interrupt the view from either direction, and that was big enough for two people to lie down on, but Jim didn’t design it properly.
(Anderson, Lou Reed’s longtime companion, is, of course, a frequent visitor to the apartment.) He also worried that it wasn’t conducting the heat.
www.newyorkmetro.com /nymetro/shopping/homedesign/features/n_10138   (868 words)

 Kungfu Magazine: Magazine Feature Article
Lou Reed’s cult status as the godfather of punk, vanguard of the avant-garde, and rock n’ roll survivor has made him the stuff of legend.
Reed’s latest CD based on this work was recently released this winter.
While Reed is modest about his kung fu and pays traditional deference to his master, his story sets an example for all students of the martial arts.
ezine.kungfumagazine.com /magazine/article.php?article=325   (2619 words)

 Wampus Releases CD Tribute to Lou Reed
Whether you see Lou Reed as the Godfather of Punk, a Dylan refractor, a cross-dressing provocateur, or an earnest missionary for the cause of literate rock music, you can't deny his influence.
Reed's career as one of the most influential songwriters in rock spans more than 35 years, from his seminal role in the Velvet Underground through his reinventions as glam jester, hardcore pre-punk, lovestruck Romeo, and, finally, acerbic rock 'n' roll survivor.
I always liked the interaction between Lou and John in this tune and thought that the best way to emulate it was to have my wife and her best friend get drunk and berate me while I sang the lead vocal.
www.wampus.com /lou.html   (1679 words)

 Amazon.com: New York: Music: Lou Reed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
While it is true that Lou Reed grew up on Long Island and spent his college years in upstate NY, it is also arguably the case that New York City is the place that has been Lou's spiritual home, now for more than 40 years.
It was in NYC that Lou, Sterling Morrison and John Cale formed the Velvet Underground, and it was here that they perfected their craft, playing dark yet trippy music at Andy Warhol's Factory, and garagy pre-punk at Max's Kansas City.
This is why it was a moment of high anticipation when, in 1989, Lou Reed released this, one of his finest solo records.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000002LGA?v=glance   (1778 words)

 Lou Reed: The Raven - PopMatters Music Review
These days, Reed has completed the jump to the printed word, publishing his lyrics in a book, and even recently promoting this album in bookstores.
Reed's voice takes on a cracked, Dylanesque croak on two songs inspired by Poe's short story "The Tell-Tale Heart": the loud, paranoiac "Blind Rage", as well as on the brooding "Burning Embers".
Ornery critics might point out that Reed obviously did not know the difference between right and wrong when he made this album, but just between you and me, dear reader, although it's not exactly for everybody, in my humble opinion, it's a success.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/r/reedlou-raven.shtml   (1169 words)

 Lou Reed
Reed's performance was considered avant-garde, far different from the typical 1960s sentiments.
Reed left the band in 1970 and started writing about the Manhattan street where he lived.
Lou Reed: the life of a rocker who knows all the hard places.
www.infoplease.com /ipea/A0762056.html   (414 words)

 Laughing Lou Reed
Reed joined Beck, Bonnie Raitt and Nick Cave in interpreting the songs of Mississippi blues legend Skip James.
In other words, Lou Reed is a completely depraved pervert and pathetic death dwarf and everything else you want to think he is. On top of that he's a liar, a wasted talent, an artist continually in flux, and a huckster selling pounds of his own flesh.
Of course I knew that Lou Reed had done TV commercials before, but he'd only used bullshit Bowie songs like "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" or songs like "Perfect Day," which, though good, aren't well-known and certainly aren't among the best songs ever recorded by the Velvets.
www.notbored.org /lou-reed.html   (593 words)

 Interview with Lou Reed: The Gospel According to Lou (NY Rock)
Interview with Lou Reed: The Gospel According to Lou (NY Rock)
True, he’s never been much of a singer, but nobody can speak songs as well as Lou Reed and few have influenced today’s music as much as he has.
Lou in Concert at the Knitting Factory (Feb '97)
www.nyrock.com /interviews/loureed_int.htm   (769 words)

 The Wild Side Of Lou Reed
Lou Reed: If God showed up tomorrow and said Do you want to be President?
devoted to the "wild" side of Lou Reed's career:
Don't miss the "quiet" side of Lou Reed on:
members.aol.com /olandem4/reed.html   (73 words)

 CANOE -- JAM! Music - Artists - Reed, Lou
New York rock poet Lou Reed has unveiled plans for a North American tour, and it includes one stop in Canada.
The Undercover website reports that Reed's symphony of feedback and distortion is scheduled to make its live debut March 17 in Berlin and in Venice on March 20, as performed by German group Zeitkratzer.
Lou Reed goes from mild to wild as he talks about his new album
jam.canoe.ca /Music/Artists/R/Reed_Lou   (189 words)

 Rock 'N' Roll Animal by Lou Reed CD
Lou Reed has always dabbled in contrasts, so it comes as no surprise that the follow-up to his darkly serious concept album BERLIN was a commercially oriented, good-time rock & roll fest.
ROCK N' ROLL ANIMAL is a live set that finds Reed stretching out on some of his best-loved Velvet Underground tunes with the help of his crack touring band at the time.
Those who cling to the image of Reed as punk godfather might be mystified by his transformation here into Rock God.
www.cduniverse.com /search/xx/music/pid/1112080/a/Rock+%27N%27+Roll+Animal.htm   (579 words)

 Amazon.com: Rock N Roll Animal: Music: Lou Reed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Recorded live in 1973, Rock N Roll Animal is Reed's glam-rock sneer back at his Velvet Underground legacy.
But Reed doesn't bother to conceal his contempt for the commercial trappings he's put on his songs--"Heroin," in particular, turns from savage ambivalence into an easy cartoon--and the album's hard to like now.
Following this, Lou and the band rip through Heroin, doing a 13 minute version that is fairly different than the original, but still great.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B00004RD54?v=glance   (1079 words)

 Lou Reed Tickets - Buy Lou Reed Tickets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
For you to determine the venue that you are interested in, a Lou Reed schedule by date is available.
Choose the Lou Reed date and concert you are interested in.
If these are the Lou Reed seats you want click, the buy button, fill out the form and submit.
www.ezticketsearch.com /concert_tickets/lou_reed_tickets.html   (185 words)

 Salon.com People | Lou Reed
The world first heard of Reed in the late '60s, in connection with the Velvet Underground, the band the world had never heard of anyway.
In the years since their quiet disintegration in 1970, the Velvets assumed a mythology that easily made up for the legions of fans they never had in their non-heyday.
Whatever it is that he already is. This is the problem with Reed, and has been since the electroshock therapy days: No one really knows what to do with him.
archive.salon.com /people/bc/2000/05/16/reed   (970 words)

 Open Directory - Arts: Music: Bands and Artists: R: Reed, Lou   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Lou Reed - Official site at Reprise Records, including a bio, audio clips, news and photo gallery.
Lou Reed: A Walk on Poetry Side - Fan's photographs and gig reportss, discography, and selected links.
Lou Reed Guitar Archive - Lyrics and guitar tablatures/chords for virtually all Reed songs, from the pre-Velvets era to his latest work.
dmoz.org /Arts/Music/Bands_and_Artists/R/Reed,_Lou   (419 words)

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