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When Adam Yauch died last year, a simple obituary didn’t seem like the best way to sum up a sprawling, groundbreaking, all-over-the-place career. The best way I could think to pay tribute was a randomly-assembled list of moments from Yauch’s career. Similarly, it’s impossible to quantify, in a simple essay, the seismic effect of Lou… More »

Rock and roll has never lacked for singular characters, and amongst that cavalcade of the insanely great and greatly insane, Lewis Allen “Lou” Reed takes second chair to nobody. Lou is an artist who tries you, beguiles you, dares you to dislike him, wins you over, makes you laugh, and expands your imagination. His multitudes contain multitudes. He is baldly transgressive and romantically… More »

Attempting to rank songs by the Velvet Underground — the ’27 Yankees of rock-music catalogs — is almost inevitably going to end in tears. Upon hearing of this assignment, our dear friend and fellow Stereogum contributor James Jackson Toth chuckled over our fate and dared us to submit a list that was “everything but ‘The… More »

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Watch Beck & Karen O Cover Lou Reed At The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

Over the weekend, the late Lou Reed was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame alongside Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 20, 2015 - 12:00 pm
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Watch Patti Smith & Laurie Anderson Induct Lou Reed Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Last night, six artists were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the Performer category. Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett…
James Rettig | April 19, 2015 - 3:07 pm

Karen O, Miley Cyrus, Tom Morello Added To Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

A few more names have been added to this year's list of performers who will honor the new Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees.
James Rettig | April 8, 2015 - 6:22 pm
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Watch Lou Reed Call The Beatles “Garbage” And The Doors “Stupid” In Newly Animated Interview

Lou Reed was both an avant-rock forefather and a legendary crank, and I sincerely recommend that you spend some time with this Lester Bangs piece
Tom Breihan | February 17, 2015 - 1:13 pm
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Listen To Lou Reed React To Hearing The Ramones For The First Time

New York rock music publicist Danny Fields has been called "one of the godfathers of punk," and he's the subject of a new documentary called…
James Rettig | December 30, 2014 - 9:21 am
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Watch Deer Tick And Sharon Van Etten Cover Lou Reed In Brooklyn

Providence roots-rockers Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a six-day residency at New York's Brooklyn Bowl, where they're sporting yellow bowling shirts and…
Peter Helman | December 29, 2014 - 2:50 pm
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Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Inductees

The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame just announced this year's class of inductees, and it's mostly a surprising group in how unsurprising it is.
Tom Breihan | December 16, 2014 - 9:07 am
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John Cale Releases “If You Were Still Around” Video On The One-Year Anniversary Of Lou Reed’s Death

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Lou Reed's death, and Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale has released a new video for an old…
Chris DeVille | October 27, 2014 - 3:02 pm

Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, Green Day Among Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2015 Nominees

Once a year, around this time, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame announces a whole new class of inductees who might be inducted into…
Tom Breihan | October 9, 2014 - 9:27 am
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Lou Reed’s Gear Going Up For Auction

Like most musicians who remain successful over the course of decades, the late Lou Reed had amassed a whole lot of musical equipment by the…
Chris DeVille | June 17, 2014 - 3:51 pm

Lana Del Rey: “I Wish I Was Dead Already”

Lana Del Rey is about to release her excellent sophomore album, Ultraviolence, and to promote that record, she is giving some kinda provocative interviews. First…
Michael Nelson | June 12, 2014 - 5:39 pm
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Watch Kevin Drew Cover Lou Reed’s “What’s Good”

A few months ago, during the lead up to his latest solo effort Darlings, Broken Social Scene ringleader Kevin Drew participated in CBC's "I'll Be…
Chris DeVille | May 14, 2014 - 10:35 am
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Watch Joseph Arthur, Peter Buck, And Mike Mills Cover Lou Reed On Letterman

Last night, on his Late Show, David Letterman announced his impending retirement, and the former R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills, randomly enough, was the one who…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2014 - 11:59 am

Watch Morrissey Play The 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert

Last night, Claire Danes hosted the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert Oslo's Spektrum. The show had performances from Omar Souleyman, Mary J. Blige, James Blunt,…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2013 - 9:40 am
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Watch Lou Reed’s Parrot Zik Headphones Commercial

We've mentioned several times that Lou Reed's last public act before his death was that glowing review of Yeezus. His last filmed interview, though, wa…
Chris DeVille | December 11, 2013 - 2:28 pm
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Watch Eddie Vedder Cover The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours” In L.A.

During last night's Pearl Jam show at the L.A. Memorial Sports Arena, Eddie Vedder took a break from the band's usual setlist to pay tribute…
Brie Roche lilliott | November 25, 2013 - 12:27 pm
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Watch Bono & The Edge Cover “Get Lucky”

Cold Monday mornings aren't easy for any of us, and sometimes you need to treat yourself to the spectacle of Bono singing a drunk-wedding-singer renditio…
Tom Breihan | November 25, 2013 - 8:52 am
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Watch Lou Reed’s Final Interview

Near the end of September Lou Reed did a photo shoot in New York for Parrot ZIK headphones. Film director Farida Khelfa sat down with…
Miles Bowe | November 8, 2013 - 2:02 pm
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Read Lou Reed’s Obituary, Placed By Laurie Anderson In Their Local Paper

Since Lou Reed's passing on Sunday, the outpouring of love and remembrance for the rock 'n roll legend has been legion. But today, his wife…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 31, 2013 - 5:10 pm
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Watch The Killers Cover The Velvet Underground In Las Vegas

After the news of Lou Reed's death circulated on Sunday, a whole lot of bands worked one of his songs into their setlists over the…
Tom Breihan | October 31, 2013 - 11:30 am
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