For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

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...