I’ve never done anything but dream. This, and this alone, has been the meaning of my life. My only real concern has been my inner life. FERNANDO PESSOA

Monday, 28 October 2013

A Walk On The Wild Side



God bless you, Lou.

10 comments:

Goat said...

After all that tranquil rural walking you've covered, it's great to see some walking on the wild side get a look in. And I was going to congratulate you on featuring this homage to transvestism and sordid sex in your "walking blog" - but I don't think this is the first time you've covered this territory, is it?

I was toying with the idea of a Lou tribute, myself, but after reading little but tributes and obits since yesterday, I suspect the internet is flooded at present. We'll see. It really is a great loss. It feels weird that he's not around anymore, bitchin' and being cool...

The Solitary Walker said...

I saw Lou Reed twice in concert over the past ten years — once in Manchester and once in Nottingham — and he was incredible.

Yes, you're right, Goat, pluralism is a feature of this blog, I hope! There's a rebel heart beating in the breast of many a country walker (if that isn't getting my organs mixed up).

Goat said...

I'm on a Velvets bender tonight - I suspect I'm far from the only one on the planet doing that.

You've got me trumped in the live Lou department. I never saw him, but did manage John Cale, and even Nico - probably nearly 30 years ago :(.

The Solitary Walker said...

Was this was you were referring to, Goat?

http://solitary-walker.blogspot.co.uk/2009/11/odd-one-out.html

http://solitary-walker.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/easter-fun-and-frolics.html

And here's an account of one of the Lou Reed gigs...

http://solitary-walker.blogspot.co.uk/2008/06/in-berlin-by-wallyou-were-five-foot-ten.html

Ruth said...

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/harriet/2013/10/ill-be-your-mirror-lou-reed-and-the-new-york-school-of-poetry/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HarrietTheBlog+%28Harriet%3A+The+Blog%29

The Solitary Walker said...

Great article, Ruth, explaining Lou Reed's strong connection with the New York avant-garde and literary scene.

Goat said...

Great! Yes, I was thinking of these litanies of depravity - and wasn't there some dabbling in cross-dressing not so long ago?

The Solitary Walker said...

Oh, the Grayson Perry post, you mean... Transvestites are the new establishment here in the UK.

http://solitary-walker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/youve-got-to-work-at-it-bit.html

Goat said...

Hey, how cool is this? Lou Reed has a SPIDER named after him! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loureedia

The Solitary Walker said...

That's very cool indeed! Rather fetching colours too.

It makes you wonder what, if anything, one would like to be named after. I already have a flower (Herb Robert, or Geranium Robertianum). Perhaps I'll just settle for Peregrinus Solitarius...