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HE HAS FLOWN, ART-ROCK PIONEER LOU REED DEAD AT AGE 71

October 27, 2013
A blurry photo and the distinct memory of meeting an icon.  Lou Reed, dead at 71.  Photo by Lynn Vala

A blurry photo and the distinct memory of meeting an icon. Lou Reed, dead at 71. Photo by Lynn Vala

Today the art world saw the loss of a silent leader.  One who spoke through his lyrics, his songs, and his actions.

There are tons of obituaries out there.  You can get your history from those sites.  My blog is about personal experience.  Yes, I briefly met Lou Reed backstage after a Laurie Anderson show in Philadelphia to support her Homeland CD.

I had more to say to bassist Bill Laswell and support keyboardist/accordionist Rob Burger than to Reed.  He was confused by my function title (syndicated blogger) yet affable enough.

I was no about to disgrace my new one degree of separation from Andy Warhol by telling him his plans to record with Metallica are short sighted in terms of his career arc.

So if I am not going to regurgitate facts about Reed, why this ‘tribute’?  I want to make sure no one forgets about the woman he leaves behind, Anderson.

Time after time, my Facebook feed is filled with pictures and video of Anderson and Reed, joined at the hip with huge smiles on their faces (as huge as Reed’s could get, Anderson’s would outshine his at her simple joy of being near him).

If I have to be honest, I am not much of a Reed fan, nor a huge fan of the Velvet Underground.  I grew up hearing “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Sweet Jane”.  They were played over ad nauseum on FM radio as innovative, ground breaking.  That was worthwhile for a few weeks, but as they became classic, they lost that sense of “new” and “explorative” and became fodder right next to the Frankie Valleys and the Fifth Dimension drivel flooding the airwaves.

My intrigue came after meeting Anderson after a Happiness show in Philadelphia.  It was there I met Lolabelle, Anderson’s canine companion.  To Anderson’s dismay, she lost her four-legged friend a few months ago.  She turned her grief into a three part show called Dirtday.  Do we dare wonder what art Anderson might be capable of with this latest tragedy in her life?

Anderson on stage performing her album "Homeland" which was co-produced, arranged and contributed to by her late husband Lou Reed.  Photo by Lynn Vala

Anderson on stage performing her album “Homeland” which was co-produced, arranged and contributed to by her late husband Lou Reed. Photo by Lynn Vala

This latest artistic effort would be painstaking for Anderson as her release, Homeland, had major influence from Reed.  Anderson was perplexed by the mountainous collection of song snippets she had amassed.  Reed jumped into the project and helped Anderson organize her thoughts and sound files and made them cohesive, and contributed a solo that would make long-time Anderson associate Adrian Belew say ‘way to go!’.

There will be countless paragraphs about the achievements left behind by Reed.  The point I want to make is, please keep Laurie in your thoughts.  She lost Lolabelle and now the love of her life.

If you follow Reed or Anderson on any social media, now is the day to step forward and let her know, she is not alone.


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