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Talking ‘Velvet Underground Experience’ and Tales of Lou Reed

Last modified December 4, 2018 at 11:40 am

The Velvet Underground’s first ever gig was at a high school in Summit, New Jersey, opening for 1960s garage band, The Myddle Class. Soon after the Velvets started their three-song set (and, yes, that included the song “Heroin”), most of the students walked out. Within one year, they had Andy Warhol as manager and were […]

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Street Artist Marks 50th Anniversary of ‘Velvet Underground & Nico’ with Bananas and Song Quotes

Posted March 13, 2017 at 5:04 am

Yesterday marked the fiftieth anniversary of seminal rock record, The Velvet Underground & Nico. In celebration of this milestone, music-minded street artist JayShells shadowed the New York City landmarks relevant to the band, and bolted token Andy Warhol bananas as identifiers (i.e. the iconic album cover). Each piece contains a lyric inscription, and is located […]

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Talking CBGB, Punk, and Warhol with Photographer Bobby Grossman [INTERVIEW]

Posted May 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

Most of my friends know that I’m a New York City history freak. I’ll probably annoy you when I walk down the street telling you the history of some random tenement on the corner of some random street in the LES. Lately, though, I’ve found myself reading numerous books on the 60s/70s/80s NYC music scene, […]

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Lou Reed’s Sister Opens Up About His Childhood Struggles

Posted April 15, 2015 at 5:18 am

On the eve of his posthumous induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Lou Reed’s sister, Merrill Reed Weiner opens up about his controversial childhood. Namely, the mental health issues and electroshock therapy treatments. The piece is a great mini-memoir that sets the record straight on a misunderstood time in his life. We’ve […]

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That Time Lou Reed Almost Convinced You to Buy a Honda Scooter [VIDEO]

Posted November 7, 2014 at 9:35 am

It was 1985, and Lou Reed was no longer walking on the wild side. The rock forebear lent his most popular solo cut and likeness to Honda to plug their scooter line. This one-minute commercial was the result, filmed on the streets of New York City. Set to the rise-and-fall bass hook, we see blurry, […]

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Classic Album Art Comes to Life in Roy Kafri’s New Beatbox Video

Posted October 22, 2014 at 10:16 am

Iconic vinyl art has taken a turn for the outlandish with Israeli comedy singer Roy Kafri’s latest music video. He not only features classic album covers brought to life, but ones that are, in fact, beatboxing on the street. Bowie beatboxing. Lou Reed beatboxing. If that’s not enough to mess with your mind, it’s filmed in reverse; by the end, we […]

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Reminiscing About Jackie Curtis and the Old East Village with Filmmaker Craig Highberger [INTERVIEW]

Last modified March 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm

The Lower East Side is famous for sprouting some pretty amazing people. Jackie Curtis, well known as a Warhol superstar, is one of them, and I recently had the opportunity to interview a very close friend of his, filmmaker Craig Highberger. He was a confidant who documented Curtis’ life for more than 30 years. What […]

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Date Set for Coney Island’s 2014 Mermaid Parade

Posted January 29, 2014 at 10:03 am

Mark your calendars – The 31st Coney Island Mermaid Parade has officially announced its 2014 date, and the registration is currently live for participants. Last year, this colorful seaside tradition was treading in deep waters, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. But with a successful internet crowdsourcing campaign and a benefit concert headlined by Amanda Palmer, enough […]

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Former Velvet Underground Drummer Moe Tucker Pays Tribute to Lou Reed

Posted December 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

Nearly two months after we lost Lou Reed, his former Velvet Underground bandmate Moe Tucker penned a tearjerker of a tribute. Published Saturday in The Guardian, the drummer’s eulogy reveals the deep friendship between the musicians, and the group dynamic out there on the fringe of 1960s music scene. The full treatment is certainly worth […]

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Velvet Underground Bandmates and Friends Pay Tribute in BBC’s ‘Lou Reed Remembered’

Posted December 11, 2013 at 10:04 am

Almost two months after his death, finally, some programming about Lou Reed… In the new BBC Four documentary, Lou Reed Remembered, a collection of contemporaries will congregate to pay tribute to the late Velvets frontman. The hour-long program airs December 15 (9pm UK/4pm EST), and features contributions from former bandmates Mo Tucker and Doug Yule, […]

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