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When Lou Reed Played Chicago

"Lou Reed never had quite the notoriety or sales of '60s peers such as the Beatles or Bob Dylan - his only major commercial hit was 'Walk on the Wild Side,'" Greg Kot writes for the Tribune.

"But his influence was just as vast, if not more so. Punk, post-punk and most strains of underground music of the last 40 years would not exist without the one-of-a-kind merger of music and words pioneered by Reed and his groundbreaking band, the Velvet Underground.

"Reed died Sunday at 71 in Southampton, N.Y., of an ailment related to a liver transplant he underwent in May, his literary agent said.

"He leaves behind one of the most profound musical legacies of any 20th Century artist. His lyrics suggested a new kind of street poetry, at once raw and literary."

We've culled some video from Reed's appearances in Chicago over the years.

1. Rock 'N' Roll at the Park West in 1978.


Full bootleg here.

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2. Busload of Faith on Letterman in Chicago in 1989.

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3. Sword of Damocles in Tinley Park in 1992.

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4. Dirty Blvd. (acoustic) live from the WXRT studio in 1996.

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5. Senselessly Cruel at Lollapalooza in 2009.

Much more from this show.

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Bonus:

Morrissey covering Satellite of Love at the Congress in 2011.

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See also:
* DeRogatis: No artist did more to establish rock 'n' roll as capital-a 'Art'.

* Guarino: Chicago artists admire Lou Reed's 'personal aesthetic'.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on October 28, 2013


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