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Dreams from Vertical Ray of Sun & Delmore Schwartz

Tran Anh Hung directed Vertical Ray of Sunshine
Dream 2 <> Dream 3

Thanks to Jeff O”Connell for the above clips.

I’m probably going to do about 1,435 Lou Reed posts in the upcoming week, but I just remembered….he made great “waking-up” music. – Jeff O’Connell

  • In Dreams begins responsiblities -( Lou Reed reading)

    Schwartz’s short story, “In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,” was a shaping force in Reed’s simple, colloquial approach to language. Such classics as “Heroin” and “Waiting for the Man,” both penned by Reed while at SU, are prime examples. Some say Schwartz thoroughly infiltrated Reed’s creative sensibility, forging an aesthetic complement and counterweight to Andy Warhol, who later produced the Velvets. (via)

    Lou Reed’s Rabbi

    The rock star’s new tribute to his teacher, the writer Delmore Schwartz, illuminates their common genius

    O Delmore How I miss you.

    O Delmore how I miss you. You inspired me to write. You were the greatest man I ever met. You could capture the deepest emotions in the simplest language. Your titles were more than enough to raise the muse of fire on my neck. You were a genius. Doomed. (read morevia )

  • Lou Reed and Vaclav Havel – impromptu conversation.

    (Vaclav Havel previous post)

  • Lou with John Zorn, Laurie Anderson and Philip Glass (youtube)

  • Berlin after the wall (youtube)

    Wim Wenders Far Away So Close

    Walk On the Wild Side

    Reed says that it was Nelson Algren’s 1956 novel, A Walk on the Wild Side, that was the launching point for the song, even though, as it grew, the song became inhabited by characters from his own life. As with several other Reed songs from the 1970s, the title may also be an allusion to an earlier song, in this case Mack David and Elmer Bernstein’s song of the same name, the Academy Award-nominated title song of the 1962 film based on Algren’s novel.[citation needed] During his performance of the song on his 1978 Live: Take No Prisoners album, Reed humorously explains the song’s development from a request that he wrote the music for the never completed musical version of Algren’s novel.

  • Farewell to Lou – Laurie Anderson (Rolling Stone) (How they met, dated and got married).

    Laurie Anderson’s obit.

    Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.
    Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.
    — Laurie Anderson
    his loving wife and eternal friend (excerpt)

    Laurie and Lou Reed on Charlie Rose

    Lou died on Oct 27, a day after Julian Schnabel’s birthday .. Schnabel made the above documentary.

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