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.
True, Halacha says Jews shouldn’t celebrate Halloween. But the allure of haunted houses and candy corn is too powerful for all but the most observant Jewish songsmiths.
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.