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Creating a Spectacle in Slovakia

John Feffer | Posted 04.04.2014 | World
John Feffer

Snopko is now the Slovak culture ambassador in the Czech Republic. We talked about Slovak-Czech relations, the different culture of dissent in Slovakia during the Communist period, and his own love of Prague.

Macaulay Culkin's Pizza Band Has A Pizza Music Video

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment

As we discovered in early December, Macaulay Culkin is in a Velvet Underground cover band called Pizza Underground, whose only musical concern is spre...

Springsteen & Us

John Garrett Andrews | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
John Garrett Andrews

photo © Richard Hurley, 1973 I guess every early fan of an artist can be accused of believing that the early days were the best and I am afraid th...

Dancing With Lou: "A Perfect Day" at Lou Reed's Lincoln Center Public Remembrance

Sandi Bachom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Sandi Bachom

Yesterday, as I turned the corner onto the reflecting pool and stand of trees in the shadow of the Julliard School of Music, I came upon a remarkable site.

Lou Reed Remembered at Wake On Wild Side

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Stefan Simanowitz

"When the smack begins to flow, then I really don't care anymore" a man recites in front of a packed chapel in north London choking back the tears. This is not your ordinary Sunday afternoon church service. Instead it is a memorial for Lou Reed, held a week after the musician's death.

I Ignore Lou Reed, But My Friend Charlie Winds Up in Lou's Apartment

Binky Philips | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Binky Philips

I first met Lou Reed at the Holiday Fundraiser Fair at Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, the day after Thanksgiving, 1967.

Lou Reed: 1942-2013

James Campion | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
James Campion

The Velvet Underground came and went long before anyone had any idea of what New York was going to be again, was going to act like in the undulating zeitgeist; the horny, thorny, idiotic soot and grime and bankrupt moral dogma of the much later hip-hop cries for vengeance.

How Do You Think It Feels and When Do You Think It Stops? Remembering Lou Reed

Matt Krefting | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Matt Krefting

No one ever spoke so directly for misfits and freaks. His music, in its genius and its flaws, in its poignancy and its awkwardness, arose from a conscious and explicit desire to give a voice to the voiceless, to express the truths of people who were always told that their truth had no value.

Who Loves the Sun: Remembering Lou Reed

Marc Ruxin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Marc Ruxin

For some people it was the death of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain or Jerry Garcia that made time stop. For me it was Lou Reed.

Thanks for the Walk, Lou

Shan Wells | Posted 12.30.2013 | Denver
Shan Wells

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Lou Reed Was a Powerful Ally in the Cause of Human Rights, says Amnesty International USA

Ann Burroughs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ann Burroughs

With the sad passing of Lou Reed, the human rights movement has lost a powerful voice for humanity and a strong ally in the defense of freedom and justice.

We Now Live in Lou Reed's America

Mark Yzaguirre | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Yzaguirre

While New York City was Reed's muse and home, it's not as though the mayor of New York gave Reed and the Velvet Underground the keys to the city in 1969. Reed was part of a cultural underground that had outposts all over the world.

What Anti-Journalist Lou Reed Taught Me About Journalism

Olivia Nuzzi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Olivia Nuzzi

"I wish I could write like that," I would think whenever I heard him. I wish I could know the world like that. I wish I could make you feel like you were right here, just like he could. He let you into his world and by extension, the world at large.

Open Letter to the Ghost of Lou Reed

Davis Schneiderman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Davis Schneiderman

The Andy Warhol banana on the cover was not the picture of a banana, but the negation of a banana, and the nail-scratch violin of "The Black Angel's Death Song," with you as Bob Dylan, if Bob-Dylan-were-Donovan, was not pop at its most cynical, but pop at its most inimical.

Patti Smith Offers Touching Tribute On Lou Reed

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 10.29.2013 | Celebrity

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK (AP) — Patti Smith remembers the first time she saw Lou Reed in person. It was 1970 and Reed and the Velvet Underground were pe...

The Story Behind The Velvet Underground's Most Iconic Album Cover

Posted 10.28.2013 | Arts

One of Lou Reed's lasting legacies -- besides founding The Velvet Underground and introducing the world to the depths of feedback loops -- will foreve...

10 Lou Reed Lyrics That Will Live On Forever

Posted 10.31.2013 | Arts

Lou Reed, that art rock icon who birthed The Velvet Underground, "Metal Machine Music" and ostrich tuning, passed away on October 27, 2013 at the age ...

Lou Reed: The Artist in Leather

Jay Michaelson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity
Jay Michaelson

Just like his city, Lou Reed was equal parts cultured and crass. New York feels a little less New York without him.

Lou Reed Dead At 71

Posted 01.23.2014 | Celebrity

Legendary musician Lou Reed has died, Rolling Stone reported on Sunday. He was 71. The Guardian confirmed the report, citing Reed's agent. BBC a...

Hackamore Brick: The Return of One of Rock's Great 'Missing Links'

Steven Rosen | Posted 11.20.2013 | Fifty
Steven Rosen

Look at the website All Music's artist-biography page for Hackamore Brick, which released one album in 1970, and it's pretty impressive for a band too obscure to even be called "cult."

It's Settled!

AP | Posted 07.30.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — A legal fight between the legendary rock band The Velvet Underground and the Andy Warhol Foundation is over. Court papers made publi...

The Essential Music -- and Art -- of The Golden Age of Vinyl

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.06.2013 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

Five years after the "Golden Age of Vinyl" came to a close, the MTV invasion established the dominance of the music video. A few years later came CDs, with their tiny art and microscopic liner notes. The generation of great art representing great music was over.

Martin Klimas' Cymatic Paint Sculptures

Posted 02.27.2012 | Arts

What does sound look like? Martin Klimas provides a stunning hypothesis by making paint dance to the beat as he captures his splatter sculptures on ca...

Tammy Takes Nico to Nihilist Nirvana

Michael Sigman | Posted 04.25.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Sigman

I never thought Nico would make me feel 14 again. That's exactly what happened last week when I caught Tammy Lang's performance of Chelsea Madchen, a fabulous show in which she eerily reincarnates the Warhol superstar Nico.

Channeling Nico in Silverlake

Wendy Block | Posted 04.25.2012 | Entertainment
Wendy Block

If you wandered into the Bootleg Theater in Silverlake last Thursday night just before 9, you would have seen about 50 mostly middle-aged people sitting at bar tables laughing and drinking, interrupted suddenly by six musicians.