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 …

Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson: Halloween Parade

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

Lou Reed is survived by his wife, the multifarious artist and musician Laurie Anderson. The pair often performed together, and the holiday-appropriate video of their Parisian performance of “Halloween Parade” showcases their unique collaborative energy. Anderson’s just-published, tear-inducing obituary for Reed elegantly outlines their relationship: “Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world …

Lou Reed: Walk On The Wild Side

Our brief look at the iconic artist's musical legacy

Produced by David Bowie, “Walk On The Wild Side”—from his second solo album Transformer—is one of Reed’s biggest mainstream successes. The epically irreverent 1972 track speaks to so much of his life’s widespread interests: New York City, curious adventures, harmoniously complex guitar work, jazz, English literature (the song was developed for a Nelson Algren novel), doo-wop, Warhol and more. Reed’s music has the uncanny ability …