Is the 1967 album the most influential rock album ever produced?
Rocker Lou Reed, the frontman of the 1960s band The Velvet Underground who died last week, left his estate to his wife and his sister.
Due to Halloween’s pagan origins, Rabbinic law prohibits the Jewish celebration of the popular autumn holiday, which might explain why there’s usually a notable scarcity of “slutty rabbi” costumes at your typical All Hallows’ Eve bacchanal. But the dark allure of haunted houses, jack-o’-lanterns and (let’s be honest here) candy corn is often too powerful for all but the most observant Jew. So for your trick-or-treating pleasure, we’ve assembled this spine-chilling playlist of classic Halloween-appropriate songs recorded by Jewish rockers.
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 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.
Lou Reed’s collaboration with Metallica, ‘Lulu,’ was trashed as one of 2011’s worst records. But the rocker bounced back with a tour of Europe showcasing his roots.