tributes by PSF Staff
Big publications typically have obits ready to go and it showed with the usual carbon copy tributes of Reed. Only a few hours after the news about Reed started to spread on October 27th, PSF writer Alan Crandall offered to write a piece on him but insisted that it wouldn't be the usual 'he invented punk' garbage that you’d read otherwise. That's when we hatched the idea that Reed deserved several tributes and perspectives that would address him and his work from a more personal angle. Given Reed's distaste for many writers he'd probably scoff at such an idea or see the irony in it. Regardless, his work did move many music fans and he's entitled to nothing less.
And so we at PSF toast Reed thanks to the several writers assembled here to share their thoughts own about Reed and his work and how their lives connected and disconnected with it. Hopefully Reed might appreciate at least some of it as he now (to bite a bit from Crandall) has time to gossip with Andy Warhol, jam with Sterling Morrison, Don Cherry and Robert Quine, argue with Lester Bangs, hang out with Doc Pomus and listen to verse from Delmore Schwarz and Edgar Allen Poe.
- Alan Crandall- "I believe the soul is immortal. I know that art is."
- Richard Davies "A twilight world of junkies, sadomasochists, Femme Fatales, and men who used their fists to deal with them"
- Aaron Goldberg- "his work gave people that didn't have a voice to express such modern, urban, everyday angst, a certain kind of possibility"
- Kurt Gottschalk- It's Lou Reed's New York, We Just Live In It"
- Jason Gross- 24 Years of Gotham Slumming With/Out Mr. Reed
- Johan Kugelberg- The Natural Smile of Lou Reed
- George Light- "...Through it all, Lou Reed was a great pop songwriter"
- Wade T. Oberlin- Men Of Good Fortune – The World Keeps Spinning
- Danny Phillips- "Our failings, our demons make us who we are and Lou Reed was one of a kind"
- Ryan Settee- "Rock n' roll always seems to shorten the lives of those who lived the music that they played"
- Al Spicer- "Lou Reed is Playing At My House"
- Pat Thomas- Some thoughts on how and when I intersected with Lou Reed
- Mark S. Tucker- Beyond Aesthetics: Luck, Personality, and the Industry
- Kurt Wildermuth- Views of Lou
- Plus musicians' comments on Facebook
PREVIOUS PSF ARTICLES ON REED
- Brian James I'm Set Free To Find a New Illusion (January 2003)
- Mike Edwards I Lou Bot (March 2003)
- Thom Robinson The Best of the Rest: Notes on Neglected Lou Reed Recordings (April 2007)
- Logan K. Young FFT on MMM (March 2011)
- 5-Track LULU or The Post-Modern Prometheus (October 2012)
OTHER WORTHWHILE REED TRIBUTES
Laurie Anderson in Rolling Stone
All Things D- Here's The Music Lou Reed Liked
Comic Book tribute to Lou Reed (thanks to Robin Cook)
AP: Reed Leaves Estate To Wife, Sister ("Reed's sister inherits about a quarter of his estate and a $500,000 bequest aimed at caring for their mother")
PS4 Game Commerical, "Perfect Day" (October 2013)
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