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...


25 Artists Who Have Never Won a Grammy

February 4, 2015

On February 8th, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj will both be returning to the Grammys — and both will be vying to take home their first trophy. Like Patti Smith (one nomination), Björk (13) and Snoop Dogg and Brian McKnight (16 each), neither...


Album Review

The Velvet Underground (Super Deluxe Edition)

November 25, 2014

When Lou Reed talks about "the sorrows of the contemporary world, which I know we all know so well" during a 1969 live performance included in this magnificent six-CD repackaging of the Velvet Underground's pivotal third album, he could be introducing...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Hear Velvet Underground's Live 'I'm Waiting for the Man'

November 5, 2014

A casual-sounding live version of the Velvet Underground's "I'm Waiting for the Man," which the group recorded at the San Francisco venue the Matrix in 1969 is now streaming online. The song – the group's warm ode to a heroin dealer that first appeared...


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...


Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground Booed Off Stage

May 27, 2014

Macaulay Culkin's pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, Pizza Underground, was served an unfortunate combo of boos and beer cans during a set at the Dot to Dot Festival in Nottingham, England, according to the Nottingham Post. While the band was...



Velvet Drummer Honors 'Loyal' Lou Reed

December 16, 2013

Former Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker reminisced about Lou Reed in a tribute published yesterday in the British Sunday newspaper The Observer, recalling her onetime bandmate as a "great songwriter" and a "good and loyal friend." Reed was...

Album Review

White Light/White Heat: 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

December 9, 2013

What a testament to Lou Reed: his vision, his guitar, his sheer will to stomp on people's nerves. This superbly expanded White Light/White Heat was in the works long before the man's death, but you couldn't ask for a more fitting tribute. It's the Velvets'...


The Velvets Play One Final Gig

November 7, 2013

Lou Reed and John Cale swore they'd never work together again after the Velvet Underground's 1993 reunion tour imploded following a brief European run. But they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame just months after guitarist Sterling Morrison...


Lou Reed Record Sales Spike After Death

October 30, 2013

Lou Reed famously didn't sell many records during his five decades in the music business, but after he died Sunday at age 71, sales increased significantly. So did radio play of "Walk On the Wild Side," "Sweet Jane," "Perfect Day" and "Dirty Blvd." Reed's...


Metric's Emily Haines on Lou Reed's Integrity and Humor

October 28, 2013

Memorials for Lou Reed, who died yesterday at age 71, have been arriving at Rolling Stone all day. Metric's Emily Haines, who performed alongside Reed for the first time in 2010 and went on to collaborate with him on her band's latest album, Synthetica,...


Inside Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Underground

December 12, 2013

Over the last several days, the Internet has been fixated upon the Pizza Underground, a New York City band that plays Velvet Underground covers with pizza-themed song titles and lyrics. An initial hook to this pie-based news was that Macaulay Culkin plays...


Hear an Early Velvet Underground Track

December 5, 2013

"No one listened to it," Lou Reed said not long before he died about the Velvet Underground's singular second album, White Light/White Heat, the raw, corrosive sound of the streets that was recorded, so preposterously, at the tail end of the Summer of...


Beck: 'I Never Get Tired of Playing Lou Reed's Songs'

October 31, 2013

Memorials for Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at age 71, are still pouring in. Beck called to talk about how much Reed's songs meant to him and an entire generation of musicians. Here's what he told Rolling Stone exclusively about Reed's revolutionary...


Patti Smith: 'Lou Was a Very Special Poet'

October 28, 2013

Over the last 24 hours, there's been an outpouring of tributes to rock pioneer Lou Reed, who passed away on Sunday at age 71. Today, David Byrne shared a memory of his time with Reed during his band's early days. Punk rock icon Patti Smith, who ran with...