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Lou Reed

Lou Reed Photo Credit: Jean Baptiste Mondino
Lou Reed On Writing "Sweet Jane", "Heroin", And More From The World Cafe Archives

October 29, 2013 -A little snapshot in time as we remember Lou Reed today with an excerpt of our 1996 interview around the release of his album Set The Twilight Reeling.
That album was hailed as his most positive in years, perhaps thanks to him finding love with performance artist Laurie Anderson. My memory of Lou and this conversations, as many other interviewers have described him, is as an intimidating man. You don't hear that today as he freely discusses his friend, the late Doc Pomus, whose death helped inspire 1992's Magic and Loss as well as shares what went into writing his classic Velvet Underground songs "Heroin" and "Sweet Jane" while strumming a guitar.

Session Setlist

Recent Release: Lulu
Release Date: October 31, 2011
Label: Warner Bros., Vertigo