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Songs Lou Reed recorded for Andy Warhol unearthed from 1975 cassette tape

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A previously unknown suite of songs the late Lou Reed recorded for Andy Warhol – the iconic pop artist, significant collaborator of the Velvet Underground and the band's onetime manager – has been unearthed from a 1975 cassette tape. Judith Peraino, a professor of music at Cornell University, came across the tape two years ago while doing research at the Andy Warhol Museum...

Book of Lou Reed’s lyrics to be updated with ‘Lulu’ material and republished

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A volume of lyrics by the late Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed will be updated and republished after several years out of print, publisher Faber & Faber announced on Wednesday (September 3). The book is titled I’ll Be Your Mirror after a song from the Velvets’ iconic 1967 album with Nico. It’s been updated with lyrics from Reed’s final album...

‘Rocketman”s Jamie Bell on the music biopic he’d like to see made next

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Rocketman star Jamie Bell has revealed which musician he’d like to see get the biopic treatment next. The actor plays songwriter Bernie Taupin in the upcoming movie, which follows Elton John from the ages of 17 to 42. When asked what biopic he was hoping for following Rocketman and Bohemian Rhapsody, Bell told NME: “The guy behind this camera...

Watch St Vincent’s heartbreaking cover of a Lou Reed classic

St Vincent has performed a moving cover version of Lou Reed's classic song 'Perfect Day' at a concert in New York. Annie Clark and her live collaborator Thomas "Doveman" Bartlett performed the stripped-down cover at the start of St Vincent's show at Brooklyn Academy Of Music on Tuesday (November 20). Read more: NME Big Read with St Vincent - The...

Archive Lou Reed interviews to be compiled for new book

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Archive interviews with the late Lou Reed have been compiled for a new book which will be published next month. The Velvet Underground icon and solo musician passed away in October 2013 at the age of 71. It's his years as a solo artist following the initial end of The Velvet Underground that will be the focus of the new book, with...

10 sizzling albums to listen to on the beach this summer

After a gigantic field at a festival, or maybe your local sweaty club - there’s probably no better place to listen to music than the beach. Whether it’s stone or sand, cold or warm water – there’s something about the fresh sea air and the blazing sunshine that makes music sound that little bit sweeter. Some albums are purposefully...

Lou Reed’s lost poems to be published in new book

Unseen Lou Reed poems are set to be published in a new book. Titled Do Angels Need Haircuts?, the book will collect previously-unread poems from the Velvet Underground icon. It will be published this April. The Guardian reports that only three of the 12 poems and short stories in the collection have been published before. According to the report, the poems were...

MGMT recall how Lou Reed rejected their offer of a collaboration

MGMT have discussed how they reached out to Lou Reed with the offer of a collaboration, revealing that he turned them down and even suggested that they should fire their managers. The duo, who performed with Reed's bandmate John Cale at the 'Velvet Underground & Nico' 50th anniversary gig last year, spoke on the Best Show podcast about meeting Reed. Frontman Andrew VanWyngarden explained...

Laurie Anderson says she wishes she could hear what Lou Reed would say about Donald Trump

Laurie Anderson has described husband Lou Reed is "a continued, really powerful presence", after his death in 2013. The artist married the Velvet Underground musician in 2008 and was his partner for a total of 21 years. In a new interview with the Guardian, Anderson said she misses "him enormously, but there's no point in being sad" about his death. "I see him all the...