Remembering Lou Reed: Tributes From Friends and FollowersMick Jagger, David Byrne, Debbie Harry and more honor a rock icon
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The first time I met Lou was in the mid-Sixties. The Velvet Underground was performing at a place on St. Mark's Place called the Balloon Farm, which changed its named to the Electric Circus. I was very shy and sort of a newbie on the scene and I was just there, all big eyes, looking at everything. They were playing and Andy had designed the lights and it was mind-blowing. What a great show that was.
Of course I fell madly, madly in love with them and Lou. He was talking about his life and his experiences in a very frank way and a lifestyle that was unique at the time. He wasn't afraid to be dark and imposing.
I was living at home for a while and I would put on White Light/White Heat and it would send me mother over the edge. I always thought that that was a good sign.