Lou Reed Quotes

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades.

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Lou Reed


I wouldn't want to hear Beethoven without beautiful bass, the cellos, the tuba. It's very important. Hip-hop has thunderous bass. And so does Beethoven. If you don't have the bass, it's like being amputated. It's like you have no legs.

Lou Reed


Will none of the powers that be realize what Brian Wilson did with the chords. Deftly taking from all sources, old rock, Four Freshman, he got in his records a beautiful hybrid sound - Let Him Run Wild, Don't Worry Baby, I Get Around, Fun, Fun, Fun - 'and she had fun, fun, fun 'till her daddy took her T-bird away.'

Lou Reed


I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future.

Lou Reed


People didn't know certain things about me, which... I was out of creative writing class in school, Syracuse University; had a B.A. in English and wanted to write the great American novel but I also loved rock and roll. I was in bar bands all through college, playing fraternities and have to know all the songs in the top 10. That kind of thing.

Lou Reed


I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.

Lou Reed


Valium would have helped that bash.

Lou Reed


I'm not joking around when I've said occasionally, trying to learn how to play a D chord properly has been a very big thing for me.

Lou Reed


You can't beat 2 guitars, bass, and drums.

Lou Reed


But I'm also talented and I know when I created something great and Perfect Night is something great, no doubt, no but.

Lou Reed


Perfect Night has that magic and it has the raw energy that grabs you by the throat.

Lou Reed


I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.

Lou Reed


The music is all. People should die for it. People are dying for everything else, so why not the music?

Lou Reed


I always thought martial arts was the most modern choreography we could have right now, and I always wanted to put it to music.

Lou Reed


Caroline says as she gets up from the floor, you can hit me all you want to, but I don't love you anymore.

Lou Reed


I am bigger and stronger than ever. My Chen Taiji and health regimen has served me well all of these years, thanks to Master Ren Guang-yi. I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.

Lou Reed