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Lou Reed: Rock N Roll Animal

Review by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, May 1974

AND IT CAME TO PASS in the 1970's that rock culture began to doubt whether it existed at all, and every time that two or ...

Lou Reed: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Ian Fortnam, bol.com, May 2000

THE PREMIER PARAGON OF subterranean New York cool’s post-Velvet Underground career has never been anything other than unpredictable. For every Berlin there’s been a Metal ...

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Lou Reed (2003)

Interview by Larry Jaffee, Rock's Backpages Audio, February 2003

On The Raven, the ups and, mostly, downs of CDs, mp3s and (re)mastering and more.

File format: mp3; file size: 24.9mb, interview length: 27' 11" sound quality: ***

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Lou Reed: Reed the Lyrics

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, Beat Instrumental, 1972

LOU REED looked out of his seventh floor window down onto six floors of other people’s windows. He asked what the weather was like outside. ...

Lou Reed: Lou Reed (RCA)

Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, May 1972

THIS IS one of those albums you have to have spent at least a year waiting breathlessly for to appreciate the full import of. This ...

Lou Reed: A Voice From The Underground

Interview by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1972

ONCE HE wore black, tinselled clothes and was a human screen for movies. He sang and wrote about evil characters; sometimes happier ones. But always ...

Lou Reed: Lou Reed

Review by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, July 1972

IF I WERE thirteen, or Lou was, or better still if we both were, this would be great, everything I wanted to think about life, ...

Lou Reed, Brinsley Schwartz, Gnidrolog: King's Cross Cinema, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1972

THIS WAS one of the few gigs I can remember where all the acts deserved a full-length review to themselves. The teaming of Reed, Gnidrolog ...

Broken Reed? Lou Reed, Duncan Browne: Sundown Theatre, Edmonton, London

Live Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, October 1972

THE FACT is that his association with David Bowie has done Lou Reed no good at all. Despite the adulation from the audience at Edmonton's ...

Lou Reed: The Black Sheep of New York

Interview by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, October 1972

THE INTERVIEW is to take place in a pub just off London's Curzon Street at around lunch-time. Lou Reed arrives late, looking papery. He's not ...

Lou Reed: Transformer (RCA)

Review by Ray Fox-Cumming, Disc and Music Echo, December 1972

THOSE OF you kind enough to read the idiocies I write to introduce the live gigs will know that, as far as I'm concerned, Lou ...

Lou Reed: Transformer (RCA)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, December 1972

LOU REED WITH COLOURED GIRL DAVID BOWIE... ...

Lou Reed: Transformer (RCA)

Review by Nick Tosches, Rolling Stone, January 1973

A REAL COCKTEASER, this album. That great cover: Lou and those burned-out eyes staring out in grim black and white beneath a haze of gold ...

Lou Reed: Transformer

Review by Robot A. Hull, Creem, February 1973

Their faces drooping in disbelief, the fans shook their baffled, bewildered heads. "If we hadn't seen him with our own eyes we never would have ...

Lou Reed: The Sinatra Of The 70's

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, April 1973

LOU REED SURE is a card. The day before this interview was supposed to take place, an associate of mine phoned up the Reed management ...

A Walk On The Wild Side Of Lou Reed

Comment by Nick Kent, NME, June 1973

"I HAVE ALWAYS thought it would be kinda fun to introduce people to characters they maybe hadn't met before, or hadn't wanted to meet, y'know. ...

Bob Ezrin: The Square And The Faggots

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, August 1973

"DETACHMENT. Yes, that's it exactly. We were both talking about that. Lou said last night: 'This album is an exercise in detachment and apathy'. I ...

Lou Reed: Berlin (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, October 1973

JUST WHEN you think your ex-idol has slumped into a pitiful display of gross terminal self-parody, Lou Reed comes back and hits you with something ...

Lou Reed: A Deaf Mute In A Telephone Booth

Interview by Lester Bangs, Let It Rock, November 1973

YOU WALK into the dining room of the Holiday Inn filled with expectation at finally getting to meet one of the musical and psychological frontiersmen ...

Lou Reed Stuns Listeners with the Horrifying Story of Berlin

Report and Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, December 1973

Confronted by the velvet shadow-master's terrifying movie without pictures, one employee ran from the studio in tears, Julie Christie stayed up all night talking about ...

The Head Doll talks about Lou Reed's Berlin

Interview by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, December 1973

Note: Marty Cerf and I conceived of a series of these for Phonograph Record: I think Iggy may have done Aladdin Sane for PRM. I ...

Lou Reed: Berlin

Review by Michael Gross, Crawdaddy!, January 1974

LOU REED IS the grand ghoul of them all. He happens to scare people. He stands in the same relation to Bowie and Iggy and ...

Lou Reed: Man Of Few Words

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, March 1974

UP ON THE 37th floor of a Park Avenue office block which faces north and thus commands an extensive view of New York's Central Park ...

Lou Reed: Rock N Roll Animal

Review by Bud Scoppa, Phonograph Record, April 1974

LOU REED'S LAST album, Berlin, vividly demonstrated how his talent can be misrepresented and abused. Berlin failed not because of its theme or its viewpoint, ...

Lou Reed: Rock N Roll Animal (RCA)

Review by Wayne Robins, Zoo World, April 1974

IT'S JUST like Lou Reed to follow the worst album by a major artist in 1973 (Berlin), with what might be his best album since ...

Lou Reed

Overview by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, July 1974

YOU COULD hardly miss him on the first album: his rubber-stamped signature was the only wording on the front cover, while on the back his ...

Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1974

LINES. A LINE here, a line there. Sometimes it seems that the best songwriters are the ones who are sure to pop up with a ...

Lou Reed: Sally Can't Dance (RCA Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, September 1974

"Life is such monotony/Without a good lobotomy" – Roy Harper ...

Lou Reed: Felt Theater, New York

Live Review by Wayne Robins, Village Voice, October 1974

LOU REED stepped out on the Felt Forum stage Friday night looking like something out of a Casey Donovan movie. ...

Lou Reed Does Not Want Anyone To Know How He Writes His Songs

Interview by Bruce Pollock, Modern Hi-Fi and Music, 1975

LOU REED THINKS he's gone as deep as he wants to go for his own mental health. If he got any deeper, he'd wind up ...

Nick Kent – A Limey in LA #1: Hey Man, You With A Gwoop?

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, March 1975

Speech impediments are the thing in Los Angeles this year. There are quite a lot of naked men jumping out of bushes – whereas more ...

Lou Reed: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, March 1975

IN THE case of Lou Reed I must confess – why shouldn't I – a prejudice. ...

Lou Reed at the Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Max Bell, NME, April 1975

THERE'S AN ILLUMINATED sign outside the Hammersmith Odeon that says: "It's all too much. Lou Reed in Concert." Wry humour or someone taking a subtle ...

An Afternoon With Lou Reed And Metal Machine Music

Report and Interview by Anthony O'Grady, RAM, August 1975

Quite simply – there were no survivors ...

Lou Reed

Discography by Andy Childs, ZigZag, September 1975

THERE WAS once a time when I thought that Lou Reed was the single most important person working in contemporary American rock 'n' roll. I ...

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, January 1976

Coney Island Baby finds Lou Reed in buoyant mood, the feeling that lilted through his first solo album, Lou Reed, and flashed intermittently in Sally ...

Lou Reed

Interview by Lenny Kaye, NME, January 1976

HIS HAIR IS short, coloured black and closely cropped, though not unnaturally so. He wears a red T-shirt and his body, which has fluctuated from ...

Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, January 1976

ARGUABLY, THERE IS no more exciting rock artist to listen to than one whose time has come; one whose art (not to mention attitude, appearance, ...

Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music

Review by Lester Bangs, Creem, March 1976

IT HAS BEEN suggested that in my annual regress report to the stockholders, published here last month, I neglected in all five thousand words to ...

Lou Reed: Say It Again, Lou

Interview by John Morthland, Creem, December 1976

LOU REED should have a new album out by the time you read this, and unless Lou has had a change of Rock and Roll ...

Lou Reed: How Lou Saw The White Light

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, December 1976

LOU REED, the crafty old rock 'n' roll fox, is alive and kicking. In fact, he's standing in the lobby of the Los Angeles Hyatt ...

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (Arista)

Review by Stephen Demorest, Creem, January 1977

OH, BUSHWAH. I liked Lou's last album, Coney Island Baby, for its integrity, combativeness, and character, but Rock and Roll Heart flashes none of these qualities. ...

The Sex Pistols: Lou Reed Joins Pistols Furore

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

LOU REED claims he has been banned from the London Palladium because of the continuing controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk rock. ...

Lou Reed: Street Hassle

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, March 1978

WHAT DO you expect from someone who's been playing rock'n'roll for nearly 15 years, in a business where age is to be feared rather than ...

Lou Reed In Cloning Sensation!

Interview by Peter Silverton, Sounds, May 1978

PETE SILVERTON goes to Philadelphia to borrow a book from Lou Reed (That's not what it said on his expenses — Ed.) ...

Lou Reed: Live – Take No Prisoners (Arista Import)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, November 1978

AH, LOU, we meet again. How long it's been. Ah, of course, don't tell me – Rock 'n' Roll Heart, wasn't it? A right piece ...

Lou Reed: Live – Take No Prisoners

Review by Jon Young, Trouser Press, January 1979

"I DO LOU REED better than anybody else, so I thought I'd get in on it." ...

Lou Reed: The Bells

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, January 1979

LOU REED IS one of the major influences on '70s rock, but consistency has never been his strong point. As the creative catalyst of the ...

Lou Reed at Hammersmith Odeon

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, April 1979

ANOTHER YEAR, another Lou Reed in a different toilet. ...

Lou Reed: I Love It When You Talk Dirty

Report and Interview by Paul Morley, NME, April 1979

WHY DOES SUCH A MAN LIVE? ...

Lou Reed: The Bells (Arista)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, April 1979

AH, THE BELLS, the bells…somehow I don't think this is what Victor Hugo had in mind all those years ago. However, what Slick Vic had ...

Lou Reed: The Bells (Arista)

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, May 1979

WHAT DO you buy when you buy Lou Reed, and do you still need to buy him? ...

Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public (Arista)***

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1980

THIS BUGGER don't give up, and, like poseurs of antiquity, rumours of his death have been greatly exaggerated. ...

Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public (Arista)

Review by Nick Kent, NME, July 1980

GROWING UP IN PUBLIC finally spells out what Lou Reed's records since 1976's Coney Island Baby have been murmuring in varying dissonances: that the inspiration ...

Lou Reed Tilts The Machine

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, September 1980

"There's a lot of very funny things floating around my albums." ...

Lou Reed: Clean Living And Dirty Looks

Report by Chris Bohn, NME, March 1982

FLANKED BY his wife Sylvia to his right and his management on his left, Lou Reed lords it over the press gathering from a sofa ...

Lou Reed: Blue Reedo A La Talk

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, April 1982

LOU REED has a song on his new album about the day President Kennedy was shot. His manager looks like the kind of guy who ...

Lou Reed: Legendary Hearts (RCA)

Review by Cynthia Rose, NME, March 1983

What made The Blue Mask Lou Reed’s watershed album was his choice of musicians, a new wave super-set of them – Fernando Saunders on bass, ...

Lou Reed: Live in Italy

Review by Mat Snow, NME, February 1984

GROWING UP in public (a further instalment). ...

Lou Reed: New Rock Sensations

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, November 1984

IMAGINE BEING served one of the greatest meals of your life, and then being told you have exactly one-half hour to consume it. ...

Robert Quine: Red Red Quine

Interview by Richard Kick, ZigZag, April 1985

WILD MEN of rock come and wild men of rock fizzle out. Or, rebels don't – their voices just fade away. Robert Quine, mild mannered ...

Lou Reed: The Prince of Darkness Lightens Up

Interview by Ben Fong-Torres, GQ, September 1986

I NEVER SAW the Velvet Underground during their five-year lurch through the New York music scene. From 1965 to 1970 I was on the left ...

Lou Reed: Saga Of A City

Interview by Wayne Robins, Newsday, January 1989

FIVE-YEAR-OLDS take guns to school, 10-year-olds sell crack. Homelessness, Howard Beach, Joel and Hedda, Tompkins Square, Tawana, AIDS. Lou Reed didn't make this world, but ...

Lou Reed: New York State of Mind

Interview by Roy Trakin, Hits, February 1989

Lou Reed's Sire/WB debut, New York, marks a welcome return to the wild side for the veteran Velvet Underground founder and street bard. It is ...

Lou Reed: New York

Review by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone, February 1989

NEW YORK is Lou Reed's rock & roll version of The Bonfire of the Vanities. But whereas Tom Wolfe maintains an ultimately cynical distance from ...

Lou Reed and John Cale: Deja VU

Comment by Byron Coley, Spin, April 1989

POPULAR RUMOR has long held that Lou Reed and John Cale are mortal enemies. ...

John Cale and Lou Reed: Songs For Drella

Review by Mark Cooper, Q, May 1990

ANDY WARHOL'S NAME was all over the famous banana sleeve of The Velvet Underground's debut album. ...

John Cale/Lou Reed: 15 Minutes With You

Interview by Mark Kemp, Option, July 1990

THE HECKLER'S voice sounded its fury like a cannon about midway through Lou Reed and John Cale's performance of Songs For Drella, a pop requiem ...

Lou Reed: Magic And Loss (Sire/All formats)

Review by Edwin Pouncey, NME, January 1992

LOU REED may have abandoned his 'Phantom Of Rock' image long ago, but the search for his creative mainline has continued unabated. ...

Cool Hand Lou: The Transformations of Lou Reed

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Vogue, February 1992

SINCE THE RELEASE of Growing up in Public in 1980, Lou Reed has pretty much grown up in private. In 1981 he not only ...

Lou Reed

Interview by Mark Cooper, Q, February 1992

THESE DAYS, PREPARING for a Lou Reed interview is like joining the Civil Service. First, the specially run-off CD of the new album, Magic And ...

Lou Reed: Magic And Loss

Review by Robert Sandall, Q, February 1992

SINCE POWERING HIS WAY BACK info everybody's good books three years ago with the New York album, Lou Reed has become more creatively focused than ...

Lou Reed: Alchemical Engineering

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Wire, The, February 1992

Lou Reed is one of the few 60s figures who has kept up any serious exploration of rock's sounds and words. In this exclusive New ...

Lou Reed: Mourning Glory

Interview by Simon Reynolds, Pulse!, February 1992

On Lou Reed's touching elegy to two recently departed friends, Magic and Loss, he grapples with the age-old question: What is the meaning of death? ...

The Velvet Undertaker: Lou Reed at the Palace Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Jim Arundel, Melody Maker, March 1992

A CURSORY listen to Lou's latest, Magic And Loss, and you'd be forgiven for thinking that Tragic Old Toss might have been a better title. ...

Lou Reed: Re-issues

Review by Andy Gill, Q, May 1992

IT'S OFTEN OVERLOOKED in the face of the wholesale "decadent" mythology that has surrounded him since the early Velvet Underground, but of all the poets ...

Lou Reed: Reed 'Em And Weep

Interview by Max Bell, Vox, September 1992

At the age of 48, Lou Reed is better disposed to write sedate six-string symphonies about mortality than feedback musings on the subject of scoring ...

Lou Reed: Life After The Leather Jacket

Interview by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, February 1996

MY ORIGINAL IDEA vis a vis this whole Lou interview situ and how to break his notoriously Siberian icepack reticence was to kick things off ...

A Dark Prince at Twilight: Lou Reed

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1996

THE DAY DOES not begin auspiciously. The first flakes of a snowstorm descend as I open the curtains in my hotel room, adding yet another ...

Contract Breakers

Essay by Mark Sinker, Wire, The, June 1996

2005 note: Savage Pencil did a nice illustration for this: John and Yoko hilariously naked, among other excellent things. It also elicited an angry postcard ...

Lou Reed

Interview by Paul Zollo, Performing Songwriter, 2000

"Music was what bothered me, what interested me. I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it. That's why I ...

Lou Reed: Ecstasy

Review by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, April 2000

LIKE THE ALEWIFE and the manatee, Lou Reed has enjoyed a sort of protected status in the wake of punk rock. The truth is, he's ...

Lou Reed: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

BACK IN the Seventies – revelling in junkie debauchery – Lou Reed shows were a notoriously ghoulish spectacle, He was the wayward poet of sleaze, ...

Lou Reed: The Raven

Review by Richard Williams, Guardian, The, January 2003

IF ANYONE IS still wondering, more than a quarter of a century later, what Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music was all about, they need look ...

10 Questions for Lou Reed

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, MOJO, February 2003

The Dark Prince entertains Jaan Uhelszki with tales of rewriting Poe, not punching David Bowie and understanding the emotional history of the amplifier. ...

Lou Reed: Walk On The Mild Side

Interview by Robert Sandall, Sunday Times, Fall 2003

These days, he's more addicted to herbal tea than drink and drugs. So how, at 60, has Lou Reed remained on of the most enigmatic ...

Lou Reed: Iron Glove, Velvet Fist

Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, May 2007

The legendarily cantankerous Lou Reed's definition of abject misery is being interviewed by an English journalist. But get him on the right subject and he ...

GQ Icons: Lou Reed

Profile by Robert Sandall, GQ, August 2008

ROCK STARS were never supposed to be regular guys, though that's the way most of the ones who stick around usually end up. It's hard ...

Lou Reed: Transformed

Interview by Holly Gleason, American Songwriter, January 2009

HE IS sitting right there on the sidewalk, eating red snapper, heavy-lidded eyes taking in the world around him and engaging with the various people ...

Lou Reed: Metal Machine Music

Retrospective by Kris Needs, Clash, April 2010

IN 1975, LOU Reed was the most dangerously fascinating figure in rock 'n' roll. With his old associates Bowie and Iggy having turned respectively into ...

Lou Reed: Back On The Road At 68

Interview by Mark Paytress, Times, The, April 2010

In a rare interview, the rock icon is as challenging as the album he is re-releasing ...

"It has so much rage": Metallica And Lou Reed Talk About Their New Album

Interview by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, October 2011

It's a collaboration that has prompted much head-scratching, but Lou Reed and Metallica tell Edward Helmore that teaming up to make their new album was a ...

Writing To Reach You

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

Because sometimes the only way musicians can actually talk to each other is by writing songs ...

Lou Reed: On The Wild Side

Retrospective by Jim Sullivan, Rock's Backpages, October 2013

I WAS TALKING with Lou Reed in his New York office, Sister Ray Enterprises, in 1996 and Reed was dressed, as usual, in a plain ...

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