Lou Reed

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John Cale: Mercy review – the titan of cool misses a trick
The 80-year-old’s latest album features some inspired younger guests but cries out for less dated beats and a visionary producer

Kitty Empire

21, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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Transformer by Simon Doonan review – a walk on the wild side
The former creative director of Barney’s remembers a beautifully transgressive moment in pop culture

Jim Farber

15, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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The 100 greatest BBC music performances – ranked!
As the Beeb celebrates its centenary, we take a look at its most memorable pop moments, from the birth of grime to the first sightings of Bob Dylan and Bob Marley, plus TOTP goes Madchester and countless classic Peel sessions

Guardian music

06, Oct, 2022 @12:12 PM

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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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‘A huge labor of love’: the Lou Reed exhibition years in the making
At the New York Public Library, an expansive new exhibition shares previously unseen personal artifacts and demos

Rob LeDonne

15, Jun, 2022 @6:07 AM

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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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Mick Rock obituary
Personal photographer to David Bowie who was also known as the Man Who Shot the 70s

Adam Sweeting

22, Nov, 2021 @4:28 PM

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Pop is now too controlled to allow a maverick like Mick Rock to flourish | Sean O’Hagan
The great photographer, who has just died, collaborated with a golden age of musicians

Sean O’Hagan

21, Nov, 2021 @9:30 AM

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Mick Rock, famed music photographer and ‘man who shot the 70s’, dies aged 72
‘Photographic poet’ created numerous iconic images of David Bowie as well as iconic artwork for Lou Reed, Queen and the Ramones

Laura Snapes

19, Nov, 2021 @10:04 AM

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