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RE: (TV) OT: Lou Reed - The Raven

i really shouldn't even enter this fray, but i defy you to offer 10 other rock & roll writers who've written as powerfully & transcendently at reed at his best (i can come up with maybe 5)...granted, this all boils down or up to opinion...& i'm not denying that lou's made some stinkers (i'd still rather listen to a shit lou reed record than a "good" pavement record or whomever...again, opinions).
the VU records alone rank him as a major player & throw in "blue mask", "new york", "rock & roll animal" & choice songs off just about every solo lp....i'm humbled.
 Jim Kauffman <jkauff@earthlink.net> wrote:Every few years, Lou feels the need to remind us once again of his talent
for making incredibly bad music when he's trying to impress people. As
Richard Meltzer wrote years ago, "If it's really, really stupid, it's hip."

Lou's occasional brilliance (New York, Songs for Drella) keeps his
reputation going. But those of us who've followed him since the early
Velvets days know he's the ultimate slacker and poseur, despite his
impeccable street creds. He's such a poet (right) that he can "update" Poe's
work to make it relevant today--actually, relevant to Lou today.

I say Lou playing Sweet Sister Ray at LaCave. But I also saw him at
Cleveland Music Hall with the Tots. I've never seen a performer who can
cycle between genius and stupidity so often in a career.

(Climbing off of soapbox now)

-Jim K.

"Pete Laughner and Lester Bangs died for your sins, Lou."

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> From: tv-owner@obbard.com [mailto:tv-owner@obbard.com]On Behalf Of Eric
> Veillette
> Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2003 2:12 PM
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> Subject: (TV) OT: Lou Reed - The Raven
> Anyone listen to Lou's new record? Comments, anyone?
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