Dean Wareham on Lou Reed: “Velvet Underground seemed to appear fully formed, beyond influence”

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On Saturday night my wife, Britta, and I performed our multimedia show, “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests,” at a festival in Las Vegas; this show pairs short, silent film portraits by Andy Warhol with a score and songs we have created for his subjects. At approximately 9 p.m. I was singing “Not a Young Man Anymore,” a song Lou Reed wrote at the age of 24, while his 24-year-old self (frozen in time on the screen behind us) drank Coca-Cola and stared at the audience.

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