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Monday, November 4, 2013

Patti Says Goodbye to Lou

Patti Smith says goodbye to Lou Reed (two writers I edited at Crawdaddy) in the pages of The New Yorker--surely an impossible venue for them back when she first saw him play in the summer of 1970 (the exact same time I did).  "I didn’t understand his erratic behavior or the intensity of his moods, which shifted, like his speech patterns, from speedy to laconic. But I understood his devotion to poetry and the transporting quality of his performances. He had black eyes, black T-shirt, pale skin. He was curious, sometimes suspicious, a voracious reader, and a sonic explorer."

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