Top Ten Thursday: Lou Reed’s Finest

Best Lou Reed Songs

The rock legend Lou Reed has died, and so we figured we would do what we do best to honor our favorites: give them the Top Ten Thursday treatment. If you missed our mini tribute, you can read that here, but if you prefer good writing, here are three of my favorite pieces from around the interwebs on Reed: Chuck Klosterman’s Grantland piece, Greg Kot’s obituary for the Chicago Tribune, and Okkervil River frontman Will Sheff’s piece for Gawker.  For this list, we ended up with a pretty 50/50 split of Lou Reed solo toVelvet Underground songs, which makes sense since his best solo material lives up to Velvet Underground’s level of greatness. So without further ado, onto the list.
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Fargo Rock City Review

Fargo Rock City

Fargo Rock City book review

I saw Chuck Klosterman speak at Calvin College’s Festival of Faith & Music about a month ago, and one of the funniest things he said was he originally submitted his heavy metal history book, Fargo Rock City, as an academic book about the history of metal and the fascination of rural and surburban America with it. This is funny for a number of reasons: 1) there is far too much swearing for it to be an academic book, and 2) the book is largely opinion-based and features tons of Klosterman’s famous mind trails where he goes off into completely different subject for analogy or comparison and 3) who writes an academic book about a frivolous genre like heavy metal? Klosterman explained that for some strange reason, a woman at one of the academic presses actually read the book and sent him a pretty funny email explaining that the book is good, but it should be more memoir than academic history book. Fortunately for us, the North-Dakota born culture critic followed her advice, and wrote one of the essential modern-day books about music on a much neglected yet hugely popular genre in rock history.
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