Lou Reed By Laurie Anderson

Featured article in the current issue of Mojo magazine (Dec. 2019). Images can be enlarged by clicking on them and choosing the image sizes at the bottom right of screen.

The Master Of The Art

I’m always flicking through the pages of the music mags. Not much really has me stopping for too long. (Perhaps to my detriment? A slow reader’s curse that to be drawn in to read something, you REALLY have to grab their attention – going by my own experience anyway.)

I suppose I am finding myself studying Lou Reed quite a bit of late. Not in an involving and methodical way like I have done with others who end up deeply piquing my musical interest. Bowie very much became a study piece as much as a musical exploration. If I’d have taken an OU degree in English Lit. say, Bowie in some way or other could have ended up the subject of my thesis.

I can feel it possibly going that way now with Lou Reed. Exploring his work deeper. I am certainly starting to feel that sense of the story itself being as important as the music. But I think that is what usually pulls me in to those musical artists I admire and covet most. They are great storytellers, either by encapsulating the narrative verbally, or creating a visual palette of what is being told with an inner visual artist flair. (John Foxx’s description of Jim Kerr being the “the best internal movie director” always springs to mind. It is my favourite description of Jim as a songwriter and it is just so…”on point”, as the whippersnappers say these days).

I really am starting to get that there is much more to Lou than meets the eye.

Stan Tippins – A Life On The Road

One of those hallowed snippets of conversations with Jim I’d had in the past was about Stan…but I never looked into the full extend of Stan’s involvement with Mott The Hoople…to the degree that he WAS Mott’s vocalist until Ian Hunter stepped in.

Then a long career as tour manager for the great and good ensues. A life with many a story to it, I’m sure!

I have only gleaned the article on Stan, but I will read it fully tomorrow. You can read the article on Stan by CLICKING HERE

The Birth Of Glam Rock – Classic Rock Magazine

A fabulous read…from the eyes of those involved and those on its periphery.

SongFacts Interview With Jim

The best of today’s shared interviews – Jim’s words on Kirsty MacColl in particular are wonderful. He elaborated a little more on the SMO post.

You can view the whole interview on the SongFacts blog by CLICKING HERE

And, in case for some reason, it disappears from the comments, my response to a particular part of the interview that resonated for me…

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