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R.I.P. Lou Reed

The great bands of the 1960s and early 1970s were just past their zenith when I started listening to music, but it was rare to sit down in front of a radio (look it up on wikipedia, kids) for any length of time and not hear hall of fame-scale music amidst the Foghat and Foreigner clogging up the airwaves.  A kid could tell pretty easily what mattered and what didn’t, but despite that I was never really thrilled by The Beatles, the Stones were just okay, and The Who could drive me out of a room.  Looking back, it’s likely that I would have responded differently to those great bands, if I hadn’t heard The Velvet Underground first.

They may not be the greatest band in the history of Rock N Roll, but they were the best, and the coolest.  The soundtrack to my youth just got a lot quieter.  Thanks, Lou.

By JunkChuck

Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.

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