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New York Pays Public Tribute to Lou Reed—Through His Music




Lou Reed in 2008

There was a wonderful public “memorial” for Lou Reed Thursday afternoon outdoors at Lincoln Center in NYC, amid the opera, philharmonic, dance and theater shrines, with just his music blaring over speakers and people gathering and dancing and playing air guitar for several hours. No speeches. No tribute songs by the famous. Just Lou himself.

And yes, he did hang out at Lincoln Center a lot, even gave a ringing endorsement of Occupy there, captured on video.

Here are three vids. First, a little “Rock and Roll.” Then, the great Sandi Bachom’s footage of what happened when they played “Walk on the Wild Side.” And, yes, the seventeen-minute “Sister Ray,” complete with, ahem, off-color lyrics. Proud to say, I helped her ID “Sister Ray.”

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A few added links: Reed’s first magazine piece, which I edited in 1971. Lou at the White House. The psychiatric facility where he underwent electro-shock as a teen, just over the hill from my house.
 

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