It’s difficult to properly eulogize an artist as impactful as Lou Reed. So-we are going to pay tribute to Lou Reed the best way we know how—via music.
On this week’s Artist of the Week station dedicated to the icon, you’ll hear work from all eras of his career- with the Velvet Underground, as a solo artist, and his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear work from the many, many artists that he directly influenced, and even some of his own early influences.
He was immensely quotable, and we think he sums up his body of work nicely with a series of quotes. On his approach to rock and roll, he said “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” And on his career in retrospective, he said “All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter. They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”
This is Slacker’s tribute to Lou Reed, our Artist of the Week. Listen here.
“There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.”