Lou Reed’s death reminded Ruth Ellen Gruber of her brush with the rocker. They partied together in 1969 at her parents’ Philadelphia brownstone — unbeknownst to mom and dad.
Lou Reed played in Israel and sang out against anti-Semitism. That’s making the late bard of underground counter-culture an unlikely hero to some on the right wing.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, the Vatican’s 71-year-old culture minister, paid his own tribute on Monday to the late rocker Lou Reed, tweeting one of his best-known songs before clarifying he was not condoning any reference to drugs some have seen in the song.
Lou Reed wrote about drugs, sex and violence. A fellow traveler of Andy Warhol’s, Reed played games with artistry and identity. In him, writer and artist Laura Albert saw a kindred spirit. In Reed’s memory, Albert writes about his influence.
Cantankerous and prickly though he could be, Lou Reed definitely appreciated the joy that his music brought to so many. Dan Epstein honors the late artist’s career.
Sarah Seltzer was 14 the first time she heard the Velvet Underground’s ‘Sunday Morning.’ The music and Lou Reed left her changed for ever.
Lou Reed, the iconic Jewish rocker whose band the Velvet Underground fused art and music in 1960s New York, has died.
Rock legend Lou Reed is reportedly recovering from a life-saving liver transplant.
British rock star David Bowie, whose comeback album, ‘The Next Day,’ is terrific, has shown the influence of Jewish artists and texts throughout his long career.