Influential rocker Lou Reed dies at 71
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/28/2013 (4 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
"He spoke incredibly frankly about the realities of being an artist, being a person who lived life on one's own terms," Simon Vozick-Levinson, a senior editor at Rolling Stone on the death of Lou reed at the age of 71. "He didn't prettify things. He didn't sugarcoat things. He showed life as it really is and that's something that made him a true original, and one of our great all-time artists," he said.
Lou Reed left the Velvets in 1979 for a long solo career turning out classics like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane."
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Those unaware of Reed's work probably associate him with a tuneful ditty heard in the film soundtracks for "Trainspotting" and "You're Next:" "Perfect Day." The song captures Reed, the singer at peace with the world. This certainly wasn't the case of the majority of the work for which he became famous.
Under the guidance of pop artist Andy Warhol, Reed served as the front man for the band the Velvet Underground in the Sixties. The Velvets were an abrasive antidote to the love and peace of the hippie era: their songs dealt with perversion, drug abuse and street life as seen on their home turf of New York City.
Lou Reed was part of a cadre of artists that bridged psychedelia to glam, Goth and punk. The only other two figureheads of similar importance are David Bowie and Iggy Pop, who wrote upon hearing of Reed's death, "Devastating news."
"The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I've lost my 'school-yard buddy,'" Velvet co-member John Cale wrote on Twitter.
The Velvet Underground, whose debut album "The Velvet Underground and Nico" was rated by Rolling Stone magazine as the 13th greatest of all time. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, the Velvet Underground was mixture of stark simplicity and deep complexity. Anchored by female drummer Maureen Tucker's simple, child-like rhythms, both Reed and German blonde bombshell Nico shared vocal duties.
According to0 Vozick-Levinson, Reed "was one of the first artists to experiment with guitar feedback on record and to show that sort of ugly noise can actually be quite beautiful and moving. He also, lyrically, wrote about all kinds of topics that were taboo before he started exploring
Reed left the Velvets in 1979 for a long solo career turning out classics like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane."
"People say rock 'n' roll is constricting, but you can do anything you want, any way you want. And my goal has been to make an album that would speak to people the way
Shakespeare speaks to me, the way Joyce speaks to me. Something with that kind of power; something with bite to it," Reed once told the New York Times in 1982.
Reed is survived by his wife, noted musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson. The details of reed's death are unknown at this time, although Anderson did say that Reed has received a life-save liver transplant earlier this year.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Among other things, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have been known to appear on game shows and to chat with Oprah ... continue reading
While Antonio Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" echoes in concert halls and elevators around the world, for some, his greatest masterpieces are not ... continue reading
What's a good way to reach a lot of young people all at once? Napa, Calif. (CNA/EWTN News) - Plant yourself at an entrance of a popular ... continue reading
It's no secret U2 lead vocalist, Bono loves the Bible, but he has again come forwrd to openly express again how much he truly loves the ... continue reading
Amazing love song medley mashes up the greatest love songs from the 60s to now just in time for Valentine's Day Watch
Five talented musicians take you on a fun time-trip with their love song medley that takes songs from different decades in their viral ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Intro to Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for a New Culture of Life HD ...
- Daily Readings for Wednesday, November 22, 2017
- Who is serving in the President's Cabinet? Here's the list
- ISIS threatens Pope Francis, Catholics with disturbing propaganda images
- Islamic State threatens Pope Francis in gory propaganda ad HD Video
- St. Cecilia: Saint of the Day for Wednesday, November 22, 2017
- Christians in the Philippines join campaign against Christian persecution
- Daily Reading for Thursday, November 23rd, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 HD
- Atheist plans to build a Robot God for other Atheists to worship HD
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way