The Great Lou Reed

From the transformer album cover

From the transformer album cover

Unusual and almost a bit frightening for some of us as teenagers, he gave us an exciting new mood to pretend to be in! It’s said people enjoy being intoxicated partly because it’s nice to pretend to be someone else.

Amazing how many pop icons were born in the years 1942-1944. Then, since they were supposed to die at 27, they would have gone close to 1970. To mark the end of the Sixties, fittingly 🙂 .

Can't find the original source for this.

Can’t find the original source for this.

I wasn’t cool enough to have heard about the Velvet Underground at the time, and not even to consider it apt for me to buy their stuff properly later, but I did buy an old scratched LP of theirs, though I didn’t listen to it much.

Holly Woodlawn: "Holly came from Miami, F.L.A. Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A. Plucked her eyebrows on the way Shaved her legs and then he was a she" Click for source.

Holly Woodlawn:
“Holly came from Miami, F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she”
Click for source.

But I did see him, probably at The Alhambra – “Krapyrubsnif” (i.e. Finsbury Park). There it was confirmed for me that nastiness was essential to his essence, not some kind of pose. He walked off angrily without giving an encore because he was disgusted with the audience for some reason. Didn’t change my enthusiasm, but it did highlight his character for me.

The crowd’s excited enthusiasm when he started to play “White Light – White Heat” was as great as I remember at any other concert at the start of a song, but it apparently didn’t impress him. I heard that song and “I’m Waiting For The Man” there for the first time too, but seldom via the airways since.

Candy Darling and her artist. "Candy came from out on the island In the backroom she was everybody's darlin' But she never lost her head Even when she was giving head..." Click for source.

Candy Darling and her artist.
“Candy came from out on the island
In the backroom she was everybody’s darlin’
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head…”
Click for source.

Drugs. Nastiness, world weariness, decadence. Just a hint of jazz. MMM! TRUE essence of Rock and Roll 2.0!

[For a better summary of the characters mentioned in “Take A Walk On The Wild Side”, go to weeseydoesit:
http://weeseydoesit.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/jackie-is-just-speeding-away.html ]

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