"I know the way I like things to sound," he explained. "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."Later he observes, "Beethoven could make music, even though he was deaf." (And BTW, go here for my Beethoven book and film.)
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Lou Reed on Beethoven
Aptly, given my obsession, I was pleased to see that in Lou Reed's final interview he paid tribute to...Beethoven.
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