John Cale

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Lou Reed: Words & Music, May 1965 review – revelatory early cuts
The 23-year-old Reed and John Cale try things out for size in this treasure trove of previously unreleased demos

Kitty Empire

18, Sep, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Laurie Anderson on Lou Reed’s lost demo tape: ‘He really wasn’t that interested in his past’
While sorting through her husband’s belongings, Anderson found a remarkable recording from 1965 that reveals the influence of Dylan, the seeds of the Velvet Underground – and a surprising sense of humour

Alexis Petridis

08, Sep, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Lou Reed’s earliest Velvet Underground demos unearthed for reissue
Recordings from May 1965 were sealed for nearly 50 years, and reveal folk-like renditions of songs including I’m Waiting for the Man and Heroin

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

06, Jun, 2022 @12:02 PM

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‘They didn’t go round the corner for beer’: Lou Reed and John Cale’s Songs for Drella
After years of estrangement, the two Velvet Underground musicians decided to make a record and filmed concert about their mentor Andy Warhol. Director Ed Lachman talks about how he captured the pair in action

Alex Needham

14, Apr, 2022 @1:56 PM

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Songs for Drella review – Lou Reed and John Cale’s moving journey into Warhol
The filmed 1990 reunion of Reed and Cale performing their spiky album testament to Warhol was thought lost

Leslie Felperin

12, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Todd Haynes: ‘This world is too cosy. Except cosy is almost too cosy a word’
Making a documentary about the Velvet Underground transported the film-maker to a ‘distant planet’ and more radical time. He talks about his envy of musicians, the spirit of Factory-era New York and ‘our lost spirit of revolt’

Xan Brooks

07, Oct, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song review – the inimitable mysteries of music
Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s respectful doc tells the story of the artist through the life of his 1984 song, by turns a modern prayer, symbolist poem and divine gift

Xan Brooks

03, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Velvet Underground review – Todd Haynes doc gets under the art-rockers’ skin
With insights by the band’s former members and friends, this film takes its job seriously – even if it shies away from discordant notes

Peter Bradshaw

07, Jul, 2021 @10:05 PM

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The 50 best songs about Europe – ranked!
Brexit is delayed – so voyager avec nous on a trans-European tour of music, from Paris to Berlin via Finistère. Tout le monde à bord!

Michael Hann

11, Apr, 2019 @12:13 PM

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Dylan, the Fugs and rock'n'roll riots: the wild life of Larry 'Ratso' Sloman
He drank with Leonard Cohen, ribbed Bob Dylan and Joan Baez gave him his nickname. Now, 68 years into an extraordinary life, the writer is releasing his first album – with a little help from Nick Cave

Michael Hann

28, Mar, 2019 @2:00 PM

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Readers recommend playlist: your songs about deserts
Tinariwen, Robert Plant, Brand New Heavies and Big Country are among the artists making this week’s reader-curated list

Scott Blair

12, Jul, 2018 @11:00 AM

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Vampire Weekend, St Vincent and Feist to headline End of the Road festival
Julia Holter to play her only UK festival date alongside acts including Velvet Underground founder John Cale and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

Laura Snapes

31, Jan, 2018 @9:00 AM

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