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Portraits of Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, Sex Pistols: "Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton"

December 9, 2008 4:35 PM ET

Portraits by artist Elizabeth Peyton are making the international rounds in a new show called "Live Forever." The exhibit features some of the painter's well-known depictions of some of rock's biggest names, from Kurt Cobain and Liam Gallagher to Sid Vicious and John Lennon. Peyton's show is currently on view at the New Museum in New York City until January 11, 2009, and you can check out some of her work here:

 

Live Forever: Elizabeth Peyton

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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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