Thursday, March 17, 2005

Lou Reed and the Timeless Constriction of the Working Man

There is a mention at the TimesOnline of Lou Reed's upcoming performance in Scotland. Here's a bit of it:

LOU REED, the drug-abusing 1970s glam rock icon and father figure to a thousand teenage punk bands, is becoming respectable in his old age. Reed, 63, is the star turn at a gala concert billed as Scotland’s answer to Glyndebourne. The musical legend is to perform alongside the Orchestra of Scottish Opera at Culzean Castle, which has superb views across the sea to the mountains of the Isle of Arran.

...This is the same Reed who used to pretend to shoot up on stage, whose career has spanned almost 40 years in which time he has seen off heroin and alcohol, outlived his mentor Andy Warhol, and created many of the greatest albums and songs of all time, including Walk on the Wild Side and Perfect Day.

...“It’s an honour to be invited” to such a festival, Reed said. Then he added: “ ‘A man’s a man for a’ that’ is a line of timeless history and pertinence reflecting the timeless optimism and reflection of the modern constriction of the working man.” Whatever that means.
I think he just enjoys messing with people, which all Advanced artists do.

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