Velvet Underground

From the time he began recording with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s until his death in 2013, Lou Reed released nearly 50 original albums. In Sweet, Wild and Vicious: Listening to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, out today via Trouser Press Books, Jim Higgins delves into each one, with descriptions, details, analysis and appraisals that will amplify and expand fans’ understanding and appreciation of them.

Last month, Light in the Attic Records, in cooperation with Laurie Anderson, digitally released the inaugural title in their Lou Reed Archive Series: Words & Music, May 1965, “an intimate document of [Reed and John Cale] discovering a sound that would shape countless musicians and styles in their wake” (Washington Post).

Rock guitar legends Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison assembled a small army of some of their most iconic rock acquaintances for a benefit concert at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, April 16. The pair organized the Above Ground concert to raise funds and awareness for MusiCares foundation, which provides support and community services to musicians in need of medical, personal & financial assistance.

Brian Eno is now sharing the track “Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free” from his forthcoming album, The Ship.

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