Sunday November 1, 2020

Transforming Lou Reed

Famed rock photographer Mick Rock speaks to John Holden about the process of compiling a new visual anthology with the rock'n'roll icon

20th August, 2017
Lou Reed and Mick Rock during the Coney Island Baby photoshoot . Photos copyright Mick Rock 2017

It’s not unusual for an artist to receive recognition for their work long after it is first offered to the world. This anomaly of fame touches some artists more than others.

Lou Reed, who died in 2013, frequently occupied that space in musical limbo. The Velvet Underground and Nico’s eponymous debut album went unnoticed during the band’s own creative lifetime (selling a meagre 30,000 copies). Many years after its 1967 release, however, it...

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Related Stories

A second series of a dark future classic, a ripping podcast yarn with hopefully some closure and an international, star-studded, weather-enhanced racing game

Jenny Murphy Byrne | 22 minutes ago

Standing in for Claire Byrne, the presenter shows how traditional media can have more value than social media, especially in the face of a tragic story

Sara Keating | 22 minutes ago

In which Mrs Kanye West turns 40 and gives all of us a birthday present (not a private island)

Emer McLysaght | 22 minutes ago