Although Lou Reed declared that the lyrics to The Black Angel’s Death Song were without meaning and were just about the sound of the words, it’s the closest that Lou Reed ever got to Bob Dylan with colourful language. Written in 1966 and released in 1967 – at this point Dylan was on his eighth […]
This week’s theme is surely political and unlike most politicians and because I’m in the studio, posts this month will be short and to the point. Lou Reed released one of his better later albums, New York in 1989. It included this track Strawman that asks…well read the lyrics, listen to the song and dig […]
Holly Woodlawn, transgender Warhol superstar and the inspiration for one of the characters from Lou Reed’s Walk On The Wild Side, has died in Los Angeles aged 69. Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl was born in Puerto Rico in 1946 and grew up in Miami. The line: “Holly came from Miami, F-L-A, hitchhiked her way across […]
Recorded shortly after the release of the seminal 1967 album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, Nico’s aptly titled Chelsea Girl saw the emergence of a strange, chiseled ice maiden from Berlin, finding her way into the New York art scene and leaving her unique mark – no pun intended. Born In Cologne in 1938 as […]
Dick Wagner was what you might call a ‘proper’ lead guitarist – flashy, technical, articulate but also melodic with a rich tone. The first time I noticed him was when he duelled with Steve Hunter (another guitarist in the same vein) on Lou Reed’s landmark live album Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal 1974. Harmony licks into […]
Laurie Andersen has written a farewell to her husband Lou Reed in Rolling Stone magazine. A wonderful moving tribute to the man from the woman that loved him – the woman that was with him when he died. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/laurie-andersons-farewell-to-lou-reed-a-rolling-stone-exclusive-20131106 http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/laurie-andersons-farewell-to-lou-reed-a-rolling-stone-exclusive-20131106?page=2 Thanks to whtsqr for forwarding the link.