Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed.
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December 4, 2013 Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Ann Powers and Stephen Thompson for a special edition of All Songs Considered that brings together the themes of the year, the albums that won us over and the musicians we lost in 2013.
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Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Valerie June, Mike Milosh of Rhye; bottom row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Earl Sweatshirt.
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November 1, 2013 Listeners share their thoughts and memories of Lou Reed and his music.
"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says.
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October 29, 2013 "In Lou Reed's world, when you were Lou's friend you knew it," his longtime publicist Bill Bentley tells Terry Gross. Fresh Air dedicates an entire hour to the transgressive and transcendent Velvet Underground co-founder, with music and commentary by original Velvets John Cale and Maureen Tucker.
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October 29, 2013 This archival interview from 1996 features the late singer's insights into The Velvet Underground. Reed shares what went into writing the group's classic songs "Heroin" and "Sweet Jane."
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October 27, 2013 All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen was just a kid living in Queens in 1967 when he first heard about a band called the Velvet Underground. In the decades since, a week hasn't passed without Bob listening to Lou Reed's music.
Lou Reed onstage in Amsterdam in 1975.
October 27, 2013 Reed made me realize that, for all of my self-stylings as a rebel in love with noise that stripped away the unnecessary, I didn't know the first thing about rock music inflicting the pain of clarity.
Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.
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October 27, 2013 An American rock musician born in Freeport on Long Island, N.Y., Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s, with his songs about hookers and junkies. Reed was 71.
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Lou Reed and Metallica.
October 19, 2011 The unlikely Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration has inspired fans to pre-cover Lulu with a wink.
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