LouReed recalled his vision for the VelvetUnderground and his derision for that

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LouReed recalled his vision for the VelvetUnderground and his derision for that

LouReed recalled his vision for the VelvetUnderground and his derision for that

#LouReed recalled his vision for the #VelvetUnderground and his derision for that band’s contemporaries in a recently rediscovered interview that PBS has animated as part of its Blank on Blank series. The singer told music journalist Joe Smith in 1987 that he felt the purpose of the band was “to elevate the rock & roll song and take it where it hadn’t been taken before.” He also had strong words for his more successful peers in the Sixties. “When [bands] did try to get, in quotes, ‘arty,’ it was worse than stupid rock & roll,” he said. “What I mean by ‘stupid,’ I mean, like, the Doors.” And what did he think of John Lennon and the Beatles? “I never liked the Beatles,” Reed said. “I thought they were garbage. If you say, ‘Who did you like?’ I liked nobody.” See the video on rollingstone.com Photograph by Gijsbert Hanekroot
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