Published Dec 10, 2013Since Lou Reed died earlier this fall, the late Velvet Underground singer has been remembered with numerous statements and a steady string of cover tunes. Now, he's being honoured with a new documentary featuring input from some of Reed's high-profile associates.
Entitled Lou Reed Remembered, it will air on Britain's BBC Four this coming Sunday (December 15). Among the contributors are former Velvet Underground members Mo Tucker and Doug Yule, Berlin guitarist Stephen Hunter, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Culture Club's Boy George, rock photographer Mick Rock, actress Holly Woodlawn (who Reed refers to in the song "Walk on the Wild Side"), and author Paul Auster.
Directed by Chris Rodley, it clocks in at an hour in length. The BBC describes the film like this: "With the help of friends, fellow musicians, critics and those who have been inspired not only by his music but also by his famously contrary approach to almost everything, the documentary looks at how Reed not only helped to shape a generation but also helped to create a truly alternative, independent rock scene, while also providing New York with its most provocative and potent soundtrack."
In other tribute news, today (December 10) marks the release of Burger Records' White Light/White Heat covers album. The cassette-only tribute features Natural Child, the Memories, Mozes & the Firstborn, Curtis Harding, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel and Gap Dream.
Also today, an expanded reissue of White Light/White Heat arrives through Universal.
Pick up The Velvet Underground & Nico on pink vinyl here.