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Lou Reed Remembered

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed's classic solo album 'Transformer.' Lou Reed's classic solo album 'Transformer.'

In the wake of the death of musician Lou Reed, Soundcheck looks back at life and career of a singular musician and New York icon. Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis joins host John Schaefer to remember landmark albums like Transformer (1972), forgotten gems like New Sensations (1984) and a latter-day release, Ecstasy.

Plus: Hear some of your "Lou Reed moments," which we've been collecting on John's blog post about being a Reed fan, which "meant constantly re-evaluating your fandom" with each new project or LP.

Here are a few memories we received:  

"I saw Lou Reed at the Bottom Line club in the Village. I guess it was the mid '80s. I remember his leather jacket and, at the bar, a group of Hell's Angels. This was a scene I was not going to forget. Of course, the place was packed." -- Tim from Sedona

"Lou Reed is a part of the mix tape of my memories." -- Karen from Long Island

"As lifelong New Yorker, I felt an unusually strong affinity to and with Lou, even though his life and mine rarely intersected -- nothwithstanding the random spottings on the street. And like many of us, I'm sure this geographical connection to Lou made us all feel cooler, more artistic, more connected to that side of NYC we so carefully avoided because of its inherent dangers." -- Matthew from Tribeca

"I am loathe to assign the cloak of greatness to anyone. We all do that too easily. Nonetheless, I feel like I -- and clearly we -- lost a great friend yesterday. Rest easy, Lou -- you were appreciated and you will be missed." -- Adam from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.

Leave your "Lou Reed moment" here, on Twitter @Soundcheck, or leave us a voicemail at 866-939-1612.

Guests:

Anthony DeCurtis

Comments [3]

Bruce B. from Manhattan

I've seen many legendary rock stars in concert over the past four decades, but I've always considered the Lou Reed concert I saw on December 21, 1973 at the Academy of Music to be the best. It's great that this concert, and the late show that evening, were memorialized on the albums "Rock n Roll Animal" and "Lou Reed Live" but it's unfortunate that there is no filmed record of that performance, which was simply amazing, (totally manic and yet totally in control), and never to be matched by him the many times I saw him perform since. The last time I saw him wasn't in concert but on my street. We shared a few words about Metal Machine Music.

Oct. 28 2013 10:36 PM
Nora from Brooklyn

We've been around it many times already but I can't help but comment on Perfect Day. I think what makes it so special is the overwhelming sense of well-being it gives the listener. And, I bet, the singer and musicians too. The resolution in the music is so satisfying, the words comforting, and his voice perfectly stating the facts of the Day. It doesn't matter if you're in a couple or single or whoever you think of when "glad I spent it with you," - it's a big enveloping hug of a song and an enormous gift!

Oct. 28 2013 09:33 PM
Daisy from NYC

Lou used to come into Universal Grill in the West Village in the early 90's, with a guy who I later figured out was the Limbo King. The place had loads of drag queens, and very few had any idea who Lou was. I would stand there and think, man, this guy helped pave the way for all of you. One of the drag queens asked me to point him out. I did. She said, Oh, I thought he was black! I said, no, you're thinking of Lou Rawls.

Oct. 28 2013 09:18 PM

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