Friday, November 1, 2013

Lou's Farewell

Posted By on Fri, Nov 1, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Lou Reed in Prospect Park, 2011
  • Lou Reed in Prospect Park, 2011
The last time I saw Lou Reed was at the "Salute to the Freedom Riders" — a 50th anniversary concert in Prospect Park. The Freedom Riders heroically integrated buses throughout the Deep South in 1961. Lou sang Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come":

I was born by the river
In a little tent...

It was an audacious, almost absurd gesture, given Lou's three-note range. But the singer's whole life was in that song: Long Island childhood, shock treatments, Delmore Schwartz, Andy Warhol, the greatest avant-garde rock band, drug addiction, his love for Laurie Anderson, "A Walk on the Wild Side." It felt like a blessing.

  • Pin It
  • StumbleUpon
  • Email
  • Favorite

Tags: , , , ,

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event

Latest in Daily Dose

  • Giacomo Gates Swings into Kingston on Thursday
  • Giacomo Gates Swings into Kingston on Thursday

    The acclaimed vocalist joins the Don Miller Trio at the Senate Garage's ongoing jazz series.
    • Mar 21, 2017
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Ultraam Unveils New Sounds Online
  • Ultraam Unveils New Sounds Online

    The Hudson Valley experimental improv band is offering a series of digital EPs ahead of the release of their long-awaited debut album.
    • Mar 16, 2017
  • More »

More by Sparrow

Current Issue

March 1-31, 2017
Issue Cover