Hello, it's me


    Oh how sweet.

    I was waiting for somebody.

    I recall as a youngster hearing Heroin for the first time.


    Dylan cannot live forever and I just figured he would go first.

    Guys who cannot sing; but damn they could sing!

    I thought this was interesting in the 1989 Rolling Stone interview (I just read it because they linked to it from their obituary) that he seemed to admire Dylan much more than any of his other rock contemporaries:

    Let's talk about some of your contemporaries. Bob Dylan, for example. He hung out with Warhol at the Factory quite a bit in the mid-Sixties and was at the time, like you, busy transforming rock & roll songwriting.
    I always go out and get the latest Dylan album. Bob Dylan can turn a phrase, man. Like his last album [Down in the Groove], his choice of songs. "Going ninety miles an hour down a dead-end street" – I'd give anything if I could have written that or that other one, "Rank Strangers to Me." The key word there is rank.

    I can really listen to something like that The rest of it is all pop. I have zero interest in it. But Dylan continuously knocks me out. "Brownsville Girl," the thing he did with Sam Shepard, he said, "Even the SWAT teams around here are getting pretty corrupt." I was on the floor. I have that same reaction to some of my own stuff. And the only other person I can think of who does that for me is Dylan.

    What about John Lennon? Like you, he wrote frankly in his songs about his life and lifestyle.
    He wrote a song called "Mother" that I thought was a really good song. "Jealous Guy." I liked his stuff away from the Beatles. Just my own taste. But the kind of phrasing that knocks me out is Dylan's. For language, Dylan kills me to this day.

    Bruce Springsteen.
    I like him in concert. He's a great live performer. What I really like is the little skits with Clarence and everything, these great spoken introductions.

    They are both very literary, poets.

    Just like Dylan, "I'm not the kind of guy who likes to trespass, but sometimes you just find yourself over the line", and so I will take the liberty of correcting Mr. Reed even though I like the way he misheard some of the lyrics. Instead of Swat Team the song actually said, "Even the swap meets around here are getting pretty corrupt".

     "Oh, but if there's an original thought out there I could  use it right now."

    By Inma Sumaita Rahman, in The Daily Star, Bangladesh: Lou Reed, A Tribute.

    By Alec Wilkinson at The Culture Desk @ newyorker.com:  On Seeing Lou Reed When I Was Fourteen/

    By Lou Reed at The Talkhouse, July 2, 2013:  Kanye West's Yeezus.

    Laurie Anderson on the goodbye at The East Hampton Star (via Huffpo.)

    Anderson's obituary is good.

    He was the New York City man he sang about.

    Made me look forward to her future work.

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