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March 2: The late Lou Reed was born in 1942 – Here playing Bob Dylan’s Foot of Pride




The wonderful Lou Reed was born March 2nd in 1942. We miss him.

Lewis Allan “Lou” Reed (born March 2, 1942, died October 27, 2013) was an American rock musician, songwriter, photographer and music legend. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which spanned several decades. Though the Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. As the Velvet Underground’s principal songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture.

Here he performs Bob Dylan’s Foot of Pride:
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– Hallgeir




September 25: Classic concert – Lou Reed Capitol Theatre Passaic NJ 1984

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Lou Reed – Full Concert
Recorded Live: 9/25/1984 – Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ)

There have been a great bootleg in circulation from this show (but in wrong running order) and the guys at Music Vault have been so kind to give us some tremendous video footage (in the right running order as far as I can tell) from the show. A very fine concert indeed!

Personnel:
Lou Reed – Vocals, Guitar
Robert Quine – Guitar
Fernando Saunders – Bass, Vocals
Peter Wood – Keyboards
Lenny Ferarri – Drums

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The Best Dylan Covers: Lou Reed – Foot of Pride

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The Best Dylan Covers: Lou Reed – Foot of Pride

“That’s the song I picked to do at Bobfest (in New York in 1992). I’d been listening to it almost every day for two months. It’s so fucking funny: ‘Did he make it to the top? Well, he probably did and dropped.’ There are so many verses, it was impossible to learn. G.E. Smith, who was playing with me, turned the pages. There is a lot of anger here. It’s not the Three Stooges.”
– Lou Reed

Foot of Pride is an outtake from the Infidels sessions. As with most Dylan albums, outtakes and rough mixes from Infidels were bootlegged and these sessions had some very interesting gems. A take of Foot of Pride with Bob Dylan was later released on The Bootleg Series Vol. 1-3.

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March 2: Lou Reed Birthday

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One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.
~Lou Reed

I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it’s going to happen.
~Lou Reed

…he’s often cited as punk’s most important ancestor. It’s often overlooked, though, that he’s equally skilled at celebrating romantic joy, and rock & roll itself, as he is at depicting harrowing urban realities.
~Richie Unterberger

Patti Smith inducts Velvet Underground Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1996:

Sweet Jane (@ Letterman 1993):

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Three films to celebrate Lou Reed

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We miss Lou Reed dearly and want to remind people of the great artist that he was. His legacy is great!

We have dug up two very good documentaries about The Man on YouTube, hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
…and we also found a fine concert.

The first, Rock’n Roll Heart is a bio of Reed and focuses on his life and musical legacy:

The second one, Classic Albums: Transformer is, of course, about his break through solo album, Transformer:

We’ve included a fine concert as a bonus treat. This video is an intimate visual record of Reed’s sold out performance at The Bottom Line in New York City in 1983. For Reed, whose career began in Greenwich Village when he founded The Velvet Underground, this was a homecoming concert.

– Hallgeir