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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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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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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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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...

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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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Lou Reed Gear Up for Auction

June 17, 2014

Gearheads rejoice: A number of items used by Lou Reed and his band over the years are going up for auction on eBay. The current listings include two Kurzweil keyboards, a vintage distortion rack mount with foot switch, and a Pendulum Stereo...

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Rare Velvet Underground Record Up for Auction

May 20, 2014

UPDATE: The acetate was placed on eBay and will be available for bidding until July 28th at 11 p.m. EST. A rare early Velvet Underground record recorded in 1966 and sold at auction in 2006 for $25,200 will be going back up for auction this...

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Joseph Arthur 'Walks on the Wild Side' on Lou Reed Tribute Album

February 27, 2014

This past winter, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur found himself holed up in his home studio, missing the tour he'd just finished and dreading the final tribute concert at the Apollo for his friend Lou Reed, who'd died in October. "I went almost without...

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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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Dick Wagner, Guitarist for Alice Cooper and Lou Reed, Dead at 71

July 30, 2014

Dick Wagner, who played guitar with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed and on records by Kiss and Aerosmith at various points in his career, died on July 30th after being hospitalized in Scottsdale, Arizona for respiratory failure. Two...

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The Glory of Lou: Joseph Arthur, Steve Wynn Pay Tribute to Reed

June 2, 2014

The one thing Lou Reed did not do, over 50 years of recording, was make a truly solo album: alone with new songs, acoustic in a studio. The closest he came was the quiet and delicacy of 1969's The Velvet Underground, his third album with that group, and...

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Nils Lofgren on Bruce, Lou Reed Collabs

April 3, 2014

In the time-flies department, this June marks the 30th anniversary of Nils Lofgren's debut as a member of the E Street Band. "I was a deer in the headlights," Lofgren recalls of the first arena show with the band, in St. Paul. "That first night was crazy....

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