By now we all know that Lou Reed has passed. When I first heard the news I felt compelled to write about it here. Upon reflection I realized it’s not really the place for it. That being said, I have an opportunity with the Video of the Week post to share one my favourite Lou Reed interviews.
Before I get into why I love this interview so much I wanted to briefly recount the tale of how I met Lou Reed and why he has had such an impact on my life. Growing up my father was, and I suppose still is, a big Lou Reed fan. My father and Lou Reed share many similarities, which I won’t go into now.
When I was a baby my father would play Velvet Underground records, yes records, to get me to go to sleep. By the time I was a young teen I knew all the words to every song on the Velvet Underground & Nico album. Today you will find me singing “I’m waiting for the man” and “Run, Run, Run” to my kids – they call it the banana album.
How I met Lou Reed
In the late 90’s I spent a weekend in New York, which later inspired me to move there for a few years, and at the time I was still writing a lot of poetry and I was in town for a slam. I was in the village at a run down book shop looking for some inspiration and while digging through old dusty books a man standing next to me sparked a conversation. We chatted for a good hour about poetry, philosophy, art and music. Eventually he left. I kept digging and came across a rare Bukowski chap book, which I still own. At the register while paying for this book the guy who ran the store asked if I had enjoyed my conversation in the back. I replied “yes … why?”. He then proceeded to tell me that I had been speaking with Lou Reed who was a regular at his store. My eyes widened, my mouth dropped. How could I have been so dumb! I’m grateful for that encounter, I had the opportunity to see a very different side of Lou.
Ok, so back to the interview. If you’re a fan of Lou Reed or at least know anything about the man you’re going to get a good laugh as he messes with these reporters in Australia while on tour in 1974. This video embodies everything Lou Reed was as a younger man.
I’ll leave you with this Lou Reed quote, it sums up his final act!
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.
If you have a Lou Reed story to share we’d love to hear it!