Category Archives: Lou Reed

Patti Smith: Horses “Evolved Organically From My First Poetry Reading”

Via the Poetry Project at St. Marks, I came across this brief video posted by the music site/magazine NME featuring Patti Smith, called “My First Gig: Desecrating a Church with Electric Guitar.”  Smith talks about her first performance “worthy of remembering,” which was … Continue reading

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Lou Reed (1942-2013)

As everyone in the world knows — even, apparently, the Vatican’s culture minister — Lou Reed died this past Sunday at the age of 71.  The news was shocking and felt impossible — Reed just seemed permanent, eternal, an unstoppable force. … Continue reading

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Walter De Maria and “The Artist” by Kenneth Koch (with a note on the Velvet Underground)

A few days ago, the artist Walter De Maria passed away at 77.  As the New York Times obit has it: “Walter De Maria, a reclusive American sculptor whose multifaceted achievement and sly Dadaist humor helped give rise to earthworks, … Continue reading

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