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My Memories Of Lou Reed

I saw Lou Reed once at a Starbucks in Manhattan. He let someone cut in front of him. “Lou f****** Reed. Damn, this guy is cool,” I thought.

In high school, I had an ’85 Volkswagen Quantum. It had been in the family for a while, had a ton of miles on it, and even more music memories. Mom and dad must’ve popped for an upgraded model because the stereo was killer (until I killed it). Toward the end of its life, three of the four speakers were blown, the cassette deck would only play and rewind, and wouldn’t eject the tape that was stuck inside: Best of Velvet Underground.

I checked with a couple’a high school friends to ask if they remembered the same to which one replied: “…yeah, we listened to the A-side over and over and over.” Another told me she remembered being on Lake Shore Drive, heading to a show at Metro in the middle of winter, and hearing “All Tomorrow’s Parties” for the first time (that, in itself, is a very cool memory to be part of). The track list, as best as I can find online, is:

Side A:
I’m Waiting for the Man
Femme Fatale
Run Run Run
All Tomorrow’s Parties
I’ll Be Your Mirror
White Light/White Heat
Stephanie Says

Side B:
What Goes On
Beginning to See the Light
Pale Blue Eyes
I Can’t Stand It
Lisa Says
Sweet Jane
Rock & Roll

So there are my two memories of Lou Reed. Oh, and that he ordered black coffee. Damn, this guy was cool.

– Ryan A.

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