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
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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...

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