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2016

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Lou Reed's 'Last Project,' a Remastered Box Set, Due in Fall

May 17, 2016

Sixteen of Lou Reed's solo recordings will comprise a new box set due out this fall. The RCA & Arista Album Collection spans the late Velvet Underground frontman's albums between 1972 and 1986. Reed spent the months prior to his death in 2013 remastering...

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Hear David Bowie Imitate Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed

January 21, 2016

David Bowie impersonated a number of his peers, including Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Tom Waits and Anthony Newley, on a newly unearthed 1985 outtake recorded around the time of his single "Absolute Beginners." For each version of the track,...

2015

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'Holly' From Lou Reed's 'Walk on the Wild Side' Dead at 69

December 7, 2015

Holly Woodlawn, a transgender actress in Andy Warhol's Factory and the inspiration behind the opening verse of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wild Side," passed away Sunday following a battle with cancer. She was 69. Woodlawn first discovered she had cancer...

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Flashback: Lou Reed Plays 'Candy Says' At His Final Concert

October 27, 2015

Today marks the two-year anniversary of Lou Reed's death. He spent the last few years of his life battling liver cancer, but refused to give into the disease and remained active until nearly the end, devoting himself to tai chi, music, art and his many...

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Velvet Underground to Reissue 'Loaded' as Deluxe Box Set

August 25, 2015

The Velvet Underground will continue their series of box set reissues this fall with a six-disc, deluxe edition of their final album with Lou Reed, 1970's Loaded. The package will include stereo and mono versions of the LP, outtakes, live recordings...

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Read Laurie Anderson's Moving Rock Hall Speech for Lou Reed

April 19, 2015

Erudite and articulate as he unquestionably was, Lou Reed could also be a man of few words, depending on his mood. In 1996, when Reed was first inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Velvet Underground, he kept his acceptance...

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Watch Patti Smith's Poignant Lou Reed Rock Hall Induction

April 19, 2015

Friends, colleagues, poets, sometime label mates and full-time figureheads (and survivors) of one of New York City's most vibrant and violent eras, Patti Smith and Lou Reed occupied a similar stratum of rock history. But Smith — who first...

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Lost Lou Reed Interview: 'I Never Liked the Beatles'

February 17, 2015

Lou Reed recalled his vision for the Velvet Underground and his derision for that band's contemporaries in a recently rediscovered interview that PBS has animated as part of its Blank on Blank series. The singer told music executive Joe Smith in...

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Tribe Called Quest Haven't 'Seen a Dime' From Lou Reed Song

November 17, 2015

A Tribe Called Quest had already released two singles from their 1990 debut, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, before unleashing the album's signature song, "Can I Kick It?" While "I Left My Wallet in El Segundo" and "Bonita...

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Hear Velvet Underground's Alternate 'I'm Sticking With You'

October 16, 2015

When the Velvet Underground were recording their fourth album, Loaded, their lineup was not fully intact. Moe Tucker was pregnant at the time, so a number of other drummers sat in. She nevertheless came into the studio to record vocals on a song that...

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15 Best Moments at the Hall of Fame 2015 Induction

April 19, 2015

Billie Joe Armstrong stared at the crowd assembled for the 30th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and marveled out loud that it was like his childhood record collection come to life. When stars from so many generations and genres collide,...

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Watch Karen O, Beck Honor Lou Reed at Hall of Fame Induction

April 19, 2015

In 1996, Lou Reed, John Cale and Moe Tucker performed "Last Night I Said Goodbye to My Friend" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in a poignant tribute to their late Velvet Underground cohort Sterling Morrison. Saturday night, however,...

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Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder Lead Hall of Fame Speakers

March 18, 2015

UPDATE 2: Legendary psychedelic art painter Peter Max has designed the official poster and program cover for the upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony. Check out the front and back images below. The art is available for purchase at the...

2014

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Green Day, Lou Reed Chosen for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

December 16, 2014

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year's inductees: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band will all join the...

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Hear the Velvet Underground Play an Early 'Sweet Jane'

November 20, 2014

Although the Velvet Underground didn't issue a studio version of "Sweet Jane" until their 1970 album, Loaded, the group had begun playing the song live the previous year. A recording of one of these performances (made at San Francisco venue the Matrix...

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Lou Reed: A New York State of Mind

October 27, 2014

"There's a bit of magic in everything," Lou Reed once sang, "and then some loss to even things out." Reed died exactly one year ago today at the age of 71, and although his loss will never even things out, it is an appropriate day to celebrate his enduring...

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Velvet Underground's Third Album Gets Deluxe Reissue

October 1, 2014

The Velvet Underground's self-titled third album will be reissued as a six-disc "super deluxe" set to celebrate its 45th anniversary this fall. The record, which was the group's first without founding violist John Cale and is home to the single...

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Velvet Underground Reflect on Most Profound LP

November 24, 2014

When Maureen Tucker, the refreshingly frank former drummer of the Velvet Underground, looks back on the group's self-titled third album, released in 1969, she still remembers the trepidation she felt going into it. In late 1968, the band's moody...

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See John Cale's Touching Lou Reed Tribute

October 27, 2014

John Cale has released a video for a re-recording of his song, "If You Were Still Around," which now pays tribute to many of his friends and collaborators who have passed away. His onetime Velvet Underground bandmate, Lou Reed – who died a year...

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Green Day, NIN, Smiths Nominated for Hall of Fame

October 9, 2014

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Class of 2015 are in, and the list includes Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed and Sting. The rest of this year's hopefuls are the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic,...

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