Tag: Lou Reed

Interview: Mick Rock. Shooting Stars

Mick Rock has already done six interviews today and is about to start packing for a morning flight out of London. One of the biggest names in music photography in the last four decades, Rock is on a whirlwind media tour to support a newly published paperback collection of his work entitled Exposed. Will he be too exhausted or jaded for one more walk through his staggering back catalogue of music photography tales? Thankfully not, it transpires. Instead, I’m treated to a close up on Syd Barrett’s first album shoot, a wide angle on Lou Reed’s puppy obsession, a...

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All Quiet Now: Lou Reed

US musician and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71. The singer-songwriter, whose best-known hits included Perfect Day and Walk On The Wild Side, was considered one of the most influential in rock music. The Velvet Underground became known for their fusion of art and music and collaborating with Andy Warhol. The cause of death is unknown. But a spokesman told the BBC a statement would be released shortly. An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed underwent a liver transplant in May this year after he had cancelled five California concert dates scheduled in April. “I am a triumph of modern medicine,” Reed posted on his website on 1 June. “I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.” The Velvet Underground never achieved much commercial success, but revolutionized rock and punk in the 1960s and ’70s and their popularity grew in the subsequent decades. The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in...

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