WAITING FOR THE MAN NO MORE: The Velvet Vision Of Lou Reed (1942-2013)

Like Lou Reed and Jenny who put on that New York station and couldn’t believe what she heard, some of us had our life saved (or at least liberated) by rock ‘n’ roll too. Reed left this mortal coil three years ago today on a Sunday Morning that, I hope, was as lovely, peaceful, and beatific as the Velvet Underground song of the same name that graced their debut LP. In tribute to the man who, solo and with his band(s), shaped the sound of so much that came after (indie-rock, lo-fi, and so-called ‘slowcore’ owes a huge debt), here’s the remembrance piece I wrote the day Lou died, followed by an older feature originally published in The State, “South Carolina’s Largest Daily Newspaper,” when my favorite Velvets’ album, “Loaded,” was given a deluxe reissue. Hear from Velvets’ drummer Maureen Tucker and guitarist/bassist Doug Yule about what it was like playing in the band, working with Lou, and making the band’s final album — to me, as great a swan song masterpiece as any artist has put to wax. Oh, and make sure to dance to some of that fine, fine music today.

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Ultra-Cool Lou, with the Velvet Undergound,1966-67. Ultra-Cool Lou, with the Velvet Undergound,1966-67.

Lou Reed Transformed, circa 1974. Lou Reed Transformed, circa 1974.

The LP cover of the Velvets' fourth album, "Loaded," Lou's final with the band (which, sans Lou, would actually release one more, ill-advised post-Reed LP). The LP cover of the Velvets’ fourth album, “Loaded,” Lou’s final with the band (which, sans Lou, would actually release one more, ill-advised post-Reed LP).

1970s advertisement for Lou Reed solo album. 1970s advertisement for Lou Reed solo album.

Four glammy, glittery icons party down in the early '70s (from left): David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. The fourth? Why, Marc Bolan of course, as seen on Iggy's T. Rex T-shirt! Four glammy, glittery icons party down in the early ’70s (from left): David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed. The fourth? Why, Marc Bolan of course, as seen on Iggy’s T. Rex T-shirt! Amazing photo by the great Mick Rock, whose work I’ve always loved.

Andy Warhol's cover design for the debut LP by the Velvet Underground & Nico Andy Warhol’s cover design for the debut LP by the Velvet Underground & Nico

“Then one fine morning, she put on a New York station
And she couldn’t believe what she heard at all
She started dancing to that fine-fine music
Ahh, her life was saved by rock ‘n’ roll
Rock ‘n’ roll.”
— Lou Reed

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2 comments

  1. beautifully written ________________________________________

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Peter, Coming from a writer OF BOOKS such as yourself, that’s a high compliment indeed. Thanks for the kind words! Now, click on my “Loaded” link, turn up your speakers, and see what it’s all about!

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