The Velvet Underground Experience

Thinking about heading down to NYC to witness The Velvet Underground Experience an immersive multi-media exhibit that just opened in Greenwich Village. This exhibition was created by La Cite de la musique -Philharmonie de Paris, and produced by Summerlight. It was curated by Christian Fevret, who’s the founder of the French music magazine Les Inrockuptibles and Carole Mirabello.
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The Velvet Underground 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

It’s always a tough choice when the Christmas shopping season kicks in to choose just the right music box set. I have not done the proper due diligence yet of researching what box sets are for purchase this season. I will conduct that analysis this weekend.

My first request with Santa Claus is to receive The Velvet Undergound 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition. I watched the video review by Alexis Petrides of The Guardian and it helped convince me to listen to the recording more intently. http://www.theguardian.com/music/video/2014/nov/28/velvet-underground-album-you-should-hear-video-review

The live tracks are phenomenal!

“Take Me Out Into The Light” – Celebrating Lou Reed

The life of Lou Reed, New York City poet, singer and songwriter was celebrated with a memorial in Harlem at the historic  Apollo Theatre on Monday night (12/16).

The show honoring the Velvet Underground frontman was organized by Reed’s management, and his widow Laurie Anderson.

The memorial took place 50 days after Lou Reed’s death on Oct. 27, Laurie Anderson explained, at the end of the 49 days of what Tibetan Buddhists call the bardo, a transitional state after death.

The memorial gave witness to some of Lou’s notable friends/collaborators singing the songs of the Velvet Underground and his solo career plus reading or performing tributes to him, including Patti Smith and her bandmate Lenny KayeAntony HegartyDebbie Harry(of Blondie), Paul SimonJohn ZornPhilip Glass, former Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker, and others.

Maureen Tucker read a message from John Cale the keyboardist and violist that said, “Regardless of our differences, we never really drifted too far from what initially brought us together. I guess that’s what real friendship is, and I miss my friend.”

Patti Smith chose “Perfect Day” for what she called “Lou’s most poignant lyric”: “You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good.”

Laurie  Anderson noted that her husband wrote songs in single bursts. “He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete,” she said. “He never changed a word. He thought, ‘First thought, best thought.’

“There was never a single doubt that we loved each other beyond anything else, from the time when we first met until the moment he died,” Laurie Anderson said.  “Almost every day we said ‘you are the love of my life,’ or some version of that in one of our many private, and somewhat bizarre languages. We knew exactly what we had, and we were beyond grateful.”

(Pictures courtesy of Brooklyn Vegan and the Lou Reed Website.)

Andy Warhol’s The Factory – Men In Black 3

I saw Men In Black 3 last night. My favorite sequence was when they went back in time to Andy Warhol’s The Factory. Bill Hader of SNL fame portrays Andy Warhol. Wouldn’t you just love to have been part of that experience for just a little while, witnessing The Velvet Underground with Lou Reed?

Bill Hader as Andy Warhol in Men in Black 3 (2012)