Lou Reed

(Lewis Allan Reed)

Lou Reed
Lou Reed
  • Born: March 2, 1942
  • Died: October 27, 2013
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Composer, Photographer

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But I'm also talented and I know when I created something great and Perfect Night is something great, no doubt, no but.
For a while, I felt a little self-impelled to write Lou Reed Kind of songs. I should have understood that a Lou Reed song was anything I wanted to write about.
How can anybody learn anything from an artwork when the piece of art only reflects the vanity of the artist and not reality? Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I always believed that I have something important to say and I said it.
I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music. Music, Chants & Rapps
I am very emotionally affected by sound. Sounds are the inexplicable... There is a sound you hear in your head, it's your nerves, or your blood running.
I can concentrate on my art. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I can create a vibe without saying anything, just by being in the room.
I can't do anything I want to. I mean, I can't have my own TV show. I can't have my own movie. But within my little world, nobody tells me what to put on the albums.
I cleaned up my act because otherwise I would have kicked the bucket.
I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
I don't know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.
I don't know what goes on in the crowd. I've had them show up and throw beer cans at me. I caused riots in most of the major cities.
I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.
I don't like overdubs, never liked them.
I don't like the word rock opera, but I'm trying to write on that level that's reserved for plays still, or novels.
I don't mind a repetitive chorus; I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it's the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?
I don't really think about what the subject of my next album will be. I just know that I'm going to make another album.
I don't think anybody is anybody else's moral compass. Maybe listening to my music is not the best idea if you live a very constricted life. Or maybe it is. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't think I'm in any position to call myself a martial artist. I'm a student of the martial arts.
I have no control over the audience. I have no idea what they think. My heart's pure. I can't do anything. I really can't do anything. I don't know what goes on in the crowd.
I love Ornette Coleman. I love Don Cherry. I love the way those guys play. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think it's pretentious to create art just for the sake of stroking the artists ego. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future. Life ;Future
I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.
I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
I wanted to be an actor. That was my real goal. But I wasn't any good at it, so I wrote my own material and acted through that. That's my idea of fun. I get to be all these things in the songs.
I was a product of Andy Warhol's Factory. All I did was sit there and observe these incredibly talented and creative people who were continually making art, and it was impossible not to be affected by that. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I wouldn't want to hear Beethoven without beautiful bass, the cellos, the tuba. It's very important. Hip-hop has thunderous bass. And so does Beethoven. If you don't have the bass, it's like being amputated. It's like you have no legs.
If it has more than three chords, it's jazz.
I'll tell ya, I'm a genuinely nice guy. I really am. A real nice guy. But I think I'm temperamental.
I'm a humanist.
I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
I'm in this business for too long to be halfhearted about anything. Business, Commerce & Finance
I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally, trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has been a very big thing for me.
I'm too old to do things by half.
I'm writing about real things. Real people. Real characters. You have to believe what I write about is true or you wouldn't pay any attention at all. Sometimes it's me, or a composite of me and other people. Sometimes it's not me at all.
In the late '70s I started to search for the perfect sound - whatever that might be, before that I was mainly interested in drugs, insanity and the rock'n'roll lifestyle.
It's depressing when you're still around and your albums are out of print.
I've become completely well adjusted to being a cult figure.
I've never been super confident about anything. The work is never as good as it could be. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony. Life
Me, I've concentrated on music pretty much to the exclusion of other things. Music, Chants & Rapps
Meditation doesn't have to be complicated. What I do is about as simple as you can get. You could just count the beads, one, two, three, with your eyes closed or open, whatever makes you happy.
Music should come crashing out of your speakers and grab you, and the lyrics should challenge whatever preconceived notions that listener has. Music, Chants & Rapps
Music was what bothered me, what interested me. Music, Chants & Rapps
My God is rock'n'roll. Religion & God
One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.
One of my rules is: Never listen to your old stuff.
People think that I work out but it's all t'ai chi. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat.
Perfect Night is minimalistic and that's what makes it so forceful.
Raymond Chandler managed to write about L.A. his whole career. Should I keep going writing about New York? Is that what I should be doing? Songwriting doesn't work that way. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Some even claim that I'm a terror, a dictator and they're right.
Sound is more than just noise. Ordered sound is music. My life is music. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
Take a walk on the wild side.
That's why I survived because I still believe I've got something to say.
The first generation of CDs sounded terrible. Any chance to remaster would make the music sound better than what was already out there. Music, Chants & Rapps
The most important part of my religion is to play guitar. Religion & God
The music business doesn't interest me anymore. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Business, Commerce & Finance
The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music? Music, Chants & Rapps
There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
There's only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It's your time. Time
These are really terribly rough times, and we really should try to be as nice to each other as possible.
When I record an album I'm trying to get as close as possible to that perfect moment.
When I was in college, I had a jazz radio show. I called it 'Excursion on a Wobbly Rail,' after a Cecil Taylor song. I used to run around the Village following Ornette Coleman wherever he played.
You can't ask me to explain the lyrics because I won't do it.
You can't beat 2 guitars, bass, and drums.
You can't beat two guitars, bass, and drums.
You're a musician: You play. That's what you do.