Lou Reed (1942 - 2013) was
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of The
Velvet Underground and received the Heroes award from the New York Chapter
of NARAS in 1997. The French government awarded Reed with the Chevalier
Commander of Arts and Letters. Reed has acted in and composed music for a
number of movies.
Was designated an AMERICAN MASTER in 1998 by the award
winning PBS documentary series and that same year, Lou Reed: Rock and Roll
Heart, won the Grammy for Best Long Form Documentary.
Pass Thru Fire, a collection of his lyrics,
was published in the fall of 1999 by Hyperion. That same year, he was
the special guest exhibitor for the photo show "extraETordinaire" at the
Printemps de Cahors. Ecstasy (Reprise), Reed's 18th solo studio recording,
was released in February 2000 to critical acclaim. New York Magazine
honored Reed with its year-end music award.
POEtry, a new theatrical collaboration with Robert Wilson, had successful
debuts in Hamburg (Thalia Theater), Paris (L'Odeon) in 2000 and in Amsterdam
(Het Muziektheatre) spring 2001. POEtry had its American debut at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music in November 2001. Also in 2001 (and continuing in
2002), the avant garde German music collective Zeitkratzer performed
Metal Machine Music and some of the latest
electronic music written by Reed.
In the summer of 2002, an evening of words and music with Lou Reed
and Laurie Anderson was performed at selected European venues. Lou Reed
recorded "The Raven," a complete reworking of POEtry, the production for
which Reed collaborated with Robert Wilson in 2001. The diverse list of
guest artists includes Steve Buscemi, David Bowie, Wilem Dafoe, Ornette
Coleman and Elizabeth Ashley and was released on January 28, 2003 on
Sire/Reprise Records. Luciano Pavarotti invited Lou Reed to duet and
guest perform at the Pavarotti International 2002, in Modena, Italy.
On June 3 2003, Reed released NYC Man -
The Collection, a compilation of his greatest hits
spanning his days in the Velvet Underground through his current solo
material. Reed selected and sequenced the tracks for the release. NYC Man
features classic Reed tracks, like Walk on the Wild Side, Sweet Jane, Pale
Blue Eyes, Heroin and Perfect Day.