In reducing rock-and-roll to its harshest essentials, the new wave took Lou Reed’s aesthete-punk conceit to a place he never intended. For the Velvets the aesthete-punk stance was a way of surviving in a world that was out to kill you; the point was not to glorify the punk, or even to say fuck you to the world, but to be honest about the strategies people adopt in a desperate situation. The Velvets were not nihilists but moralists. In their universe nihilism regularly appears as a vivid but unholy temptation, love and its attendant vulnerability as scary and poignant imperatives. Though Lou Reed rejected optimism, he was enough of his time to crave transcendence. And finally—as “Rock & Roll” makes explicit—the Velvets’ use of a mass art form was a metaphor for transcendence, for connection, for resistance to solipsism and despair.

- These sentences, from Ellen Willis’ essay “The Velvet Underground,” are exactly how I want to remember Lou Reed. The piece originally appeared in Greil Marcus’ ‘Stranded’ collection, but is reprinted in ‘Out of the Vinyl Deeps,’ the anthology of Willis’ music criticism edited by Nona Willis Aronowitz. (via judyxberman)

atane:

Lou Reed’s high school yearbook photo.
"Lou has no plans, but will take life as it comes."
h/t - MotherJones

atane:

Lou Reed’s high school yearbook photo.

"Lou has no plans, but will take life as it comes."

h/t - MotherJones

savetheflower-1967:

Bob Dylan, Joan & Mimi Baez & their mother, 1965.

savetheflower-1967:

Bob Dylan, Joan & Mimi Baez & their mother, 1965.

photomusik:

The Bangles with Leonard Nimoy (1984)

photomusik:

The Bangles with Leonard Nimoy (1984)

(Source: rocknrollicons)

doomandgloomfromthetomb:

bittertwee:

The Feelies - Rock n Roll (VU cover)

from the stellar show at the Sinclair, Cambridge, MA, 9-27-13
The audience is pretty bouncy for Boston! I’m definitely one of the bouncing heads visible in the last 1/3, but I can’t figure out which one.

The right way to end your work week. 

Stills, Young, Crosby & Nash

Stills, Young, Crosby & Nash

(Source: doomandgloomfromthetomb)

explore-blog:

Fascinating and breathtakingly cinematic short film about the nutrient cycle in Alaska, including the Jekyll-and-Hyde life and afterlife of wild salmon, by filmmaker Paul Klaver – the best thing since Radiolab’s poetic piece on the afterlife of whales

Pair with Jon Mooallem’s moving meditation on wildlife

( The Kid Should See This)

lobbycards:

Cul-de-Sac (Blind Alley), US lobby card. 1967

lobbycards:

Cul-de-Sac (Blind Alley), US lobby card. 1967

Joan Jett and Debbie Harry

Joan Jett and Debbie Harry

Rendezvous Records, 1950s

Rendezvous Records, 1950s

(Source: vinylespassion)

Portland, Oregon, 1973

Portland, Oregon, 1973