Lou Reed: See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

After 71 colorful years the immensely influential musician Lou Reed (born on 2 March 1942) passed away on Sunday, 27 October 2013. Not since Elvis has rock’n’roll received such a loss, and the indelible mark this distinctly talented artist left on the world is seen in the innumerable bands he inspired, the expressive music he created both as a solo act and with The Velvet …

The Velvet Underground: The Legendary Guitar Amp Tapes

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

Reed is undoubtedly most known for his visionary guitar work and in 1969 a devoted fan captured his brilliance by recording The Velvet Underground’s 13-song set at Boston’s short-lived, experimental concert venue, the Boston Tea Party. Reportedly, the fan recorded the tracks directly from Reed’s guitar amplifier which rendered the vocals almost inaudible, and the result is nearly two hours of beautifully intense strumming known …

The Velvet Underground & Nico: I’ll Be Your Mirror

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

In lieu of a musical guilty pleasure this week, we looked to the other aspect of our two-fold PrivateJam series; a deeply personal tune. One of music’s most revered critics, the New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones, penned a deeply heartfelt postscript about Lou Reed, which began with how Reed inspired him to propose to his wife. He explains, “I handed over a small mirror with a …