Showing posts with label Lou Reed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Lou Reed. Show all posts

Saturday, December 25, 2021

A Lou Reed Christmas scene on St. Mark's Place

A holiday scene on St. Mark's Place... with Invader's Lou Reed mosaic still in place from late 2015 (and via the Lisa Project) ...

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday's parting shot

Borrowing this shot from the I Need More Instagram feed... Here's Jimmy Webb, owner of the rock 'n' roll boutique at 75A Orchard St. between Broome and Grand, with a new life-sized photo of Lou Reed in the shop.

The photo of Reed is by Michael Zagaris.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Jimmy Webb will make dreams come true with new rock 'n' roll boutique I Need More

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Report: A book of Lou Reed's unpublished poetry set for April release

In case you missed this news (via Pitchfork and The Guardian)... on what would have been Lou Reed's 76th birthday yesterday, Anthology Editions announced a new book of his unreleased poetry.

Per Anthology:

In August of 1970, a 28-year-old Lou Reed quit the Velvet Underground, moved home to Long Island, New York, and embarked on a fascinating alternate creative path: poetry. "Do Angels Need Haircuts?" is an extraordinary snapshot of this turning point in Reed’s career.

Gathering poems, photographs and ephemera from this era (including previously unreleased audio of the 1971 St. Mark’s Church reading), and featuring a new foreword by Anne Waldman and an afterword by Laurie Anderson, this book provides a window to a little-known chapter in the life of one of the most singular and uncompromising voices in American popular culture.

The book is due out next month.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Love and loss at the 'Halloween Parade'

Here's Lou Reed with a live performance of "Halloween Parade" (off the New York album) from 1989.

This Halloween is something to be sure
Especially to be here without you

There's the Born Again Losers and the Lavender Boozers
and some crack team from Washington Heights
The boys from Avenue B and the girls from Avenue D
a Tinkerbell in tights

This celebration somehow get me down
Especially when I see you're not around

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Don't settle for walking

An EVG repeat from September 2009 ... forgot about this Lou Reed ad for Honda scooters from 1985...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Enjoying the classics with Lou Reed

In case you haven't heard this interview making the rounds the last day or two… PBS released another interview in its Blank on Blank series, this time with a conversation with Lou Reed from 1987… where he puts down everyone from the Doors ("What I mean by 'stupid,' I mean, like, the Doors") and the Beatles ("I never liked the Beatles … I thought they were garbage").

And who did he like?

"I liked nobody."

H/T Dangerous Minds

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Media relations, Lou Reed style

Dangerous Minds uncovered some uncut video footage of a 1975 interview between a cranky Lou Reed and trying-too-hard Australian journalist Stephen MacLean.

The interview does not go well.

LR: Don’t believe what you read.
I: No, I don’t.
LR: Don’t believe what you see.
I: Is it true that you wrote Sally Can’t Dance in the studio?
LR: If I say so, I guess….
I: But did you?
LR: I wasn’t there!
I: You were there.
LR: No I wasn’t. Dougie [Yule] did it.
I: Are you happier as a brunet?
LR: Ahh…. are you happier as a schmuck?
I: I’m no schmuck.
LR: I’m no brunet.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Magic and loss

Photo by @SeanCarlson tonight on East 11th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue...

Headline h/t

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

They don't make TV commercials like they used to: Lou Reed stumps for 'Sally Can’t Dance'

Via Dangerous Minds comes this video ... a 30-second TV spot from 1974 for "Sally Can’t Dance," Lou Reed's fourth solo album.

Per Richard Metzger, who wrote the post:

Wait, what? A Lou Reed TV commercial from 1974? At the height of his speed-shooting, bleached-blonde black nail-polish bi/gay persona? That’s right, apparently someone thought it was a good idea to push the Rock-n-Roll Animal’s career over the airwaves before it peaked. It’s not like a stone cold FREAK such as Lou Reed was going to get on American television otherwise was it?

Oh yeah.

Head on over to Dangerous Minds for more on the album...

Monday, February 24, 2014

A special Lou Reed delivery

Spotted on East Eighth Street and Avenue B this afternoon… (a copy of) the large format Polaroid of the late musician taken in Montauk in 2002 by Julian Schnabel … from the book "Julian Schnabel: Polaroids."

Photos by Bobby Williams

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A memorial for Lou Reed at Tompkins Square Park

A memorial for the late Lou Reed arrived this morning last night outside Tompkins Square Park at St. Mark's Place, as these photos by ace East Village photographer Michael Paul show...

Meanwhile, Laurie Anderson reflects on her 21 years with Reed in an essay published at Rolling Stone:

I have never seen an expression as full of wonder as Lou's as he died. His hands were doing the water-flowing 21-form of tai chi. His eyes were wide open. I was holding in my arms the person I loved the most in the world, and talking to him as he died. His heart stopped. He wasn't afraid. I had gotten to walk with him to the end of the world. Life – so beautiful, painful and dazzling – does not get better than that. And death? I believe that the purpose of death is the release of love.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

RIP Lou Reed

He died today at age 71. (Rolling Stone)

"It's such a perfect day, I'm glad I spent it with you."

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Report: Lou Reed recently had a life-saving liver transplant

Lou Reed is recovering after a life-saving liver transplant at Cleveland Clinic, Laurie Anderson told the Times of London in an article published today.

She said that the 71-year-old Brooklyn-born Reed isn't back to full strength, but "he's already working and doing t'ai chi.

"I don't think he'll every totally recover from this, but he'll certainly be back to doing [things] in a few months," she said. "I'm very happy. It's a new life for him."

[Photo outside the The Avon 7 cinema on Seventh Avenue via the Lou Reed Facebook page]

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Rock 'n' Roll Animal? Lou Reed tag ends up on historic lion outside St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery

The Lou Reed tags have seemingly been everywhere of late ... now, as this photo by EV Grieve reader Peter D. shows, someone even tagged one of the lions that protects the St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery on Second Avenue at 10th Street...

Rev. Guthrie bought the two lion sculptures in the 1920s, according to the church's website. The lion is the symbol of St. Mark.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Shall we dare a Columbia student to shout out a request for "Sweet Jane"?

[UPDATED] Lou Reed is NOT performing Metal Machine Music next Friday at Miller Theatre on Columbia's campus. An orchestra is. Oops. $7 with a student ID.

[Image via]

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


For some reason I never noticed this Lou Reed street art on Attorney Street...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

What's left of Lou

A few of the Lou Reed/Supreme ads are left hanging around...Such as this one on East Seventh Street near First Avenue...

...and this one on East Third Street near Avenue C.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Top that, Kermit

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

What do Kermit the Frog and Lou Reed now have in common?

Meanwhile, Supreme unveiled its latest model last week....Here's Lou on some plywood on East Seventh Street near First Avenue.....

[Kermit photos via Allen AKA]

Supreme's Lou Reed Campaign Gets a Touch-Up (Gothamist)

Happy birthday, Lou Reed (Flaming Pablum)