- Saturday Night Live 11/02/13: Visual Tribute the Saturday following his passing RARE
- Reelz Autopsy Season 3 Episode 4 “The Last Hours of Lou Reed” 07/8/18: The founding member of Velvet Underground lived a life of outrageous excess, pushing everything beyond the limit. The death of rock star Lou Reed (1942-2013) is examined. This documentary/report chronicles not only Lou Reed’s career through profile and reenactments but his career with drugs and how it may or may not have been a contributing factor to his eventual death. Analyzing look at his physical condition in the years and months leading up to his death. Included are archival photos as well as rarely seen a video footage of the way down the street in the last year of his life. Exclusive interviews with Bettye, Richard Mishkin, and Allan Hyman and other people who knew Lou. Cast includes: Hayward Morse as Lou Reed (as Hayward B. Morse), Lou Reed Self (archival footage), Curtis Burrows as Young Lou Reed (uncredited), Teresa Jennings as Laurie Anderson (uncredited), Adam Lazarus Drug Dealer (uncredited), Charlotte Snowball as Bettye Kronstad (uncredited)
- A Night with Lou Reed 1983: A Night with Lou Reed is an intimate visual record of Reed’s legendary 1983 sold-out engagement at The Bottom Line in New York City. Fronting the most musically articulate band he had ever assembled–Reed and Robert Quine on guitar, Fernando Saunders on bass and Fred Maher on drums–Reed performs a treasure trove of his best hits. The energy and interplay on stage is so intense that it grabs the raw nerve of rock ‘n’ roll urgency. Songs: Sweet Jane, I’m Waiting for the Man, Martial Law, Don’t Talk to Me About Work, Women, Waves of Fear, Walk on the Wild Side, Turn Out the Lights, New Age, Kill Your Sons, Satellite of Love, White Light White Heat, Rock and Roll. it’s worth watching for Robert Quine, the notorious guitarist who played with Reed off and on during the early 1980s. Quine, who died of a drug overdose in 2004, had a unique, almost otherworldly style that complimented Reed’s grinding attack. Drummer Doane Perry recalled Quine’s method in Aidan Levy’s biography of Reed, Dirty Blvd: “Sometimes Robert would play these solos that were…hair raising. They defied any kind of categorization…No two solos were the same.” Reed and Quine create a hypnotic groove on “Wild Side,” and suggest what the song might’ve sounded like had it not been produced by David Bowie on Transformer. Bowie, along with Mick Ronson, made Reed’s ode to the Andy Warhol crowd sound jazzy and laid back, while Reed and Quine make it sound jagged and neurotic. Quine was actually at odds with Reed around this time because Reed had mixed Quine’s guitar practically out of the Legendary Hearts album. Quine said years later that he smashed the demo tape when he first heard it, and only reluctantly returned for Reed’s next tour. Shortly after this Night Flight episode aired, Quine resigned from Reed’s band, still convinced Reed was sabotaging his sound. The concert clip, incidentally, is from A Night With Lou Reed, an excellent show filmed in February 1983 at New York’s Bottom Line. This 1983 concert film was shot during Lou Reed’s legendary stand at the Bottom Line in New York City. Reed got his start in Greenwich Village, and indeed this show has a strong air of a hero’s return. The former Velvet Underground frontman greets the crowd with a tidy-but-tough “Sweet Jane,” then smoothly skips through his then-catalogue of pre- and post-solo career records. “I’m Waiting for the Man” takes us back to the well, while “Wild Side,” “Don’t Talk to Me About Work,” “Waves of Fear,” and a stunning version of “Kill Your Sons” reflects something of the scope of Reed’s development. A blistering “White Light/White Heat” reminds one of the Velvets’ magnificent sting, and the show closes out with an epic take on “Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Reed is backed by a spare ensemble, including the outstanding Robert Quine on guitar, Fred Maher on drums, and Fernando Saunders on bass. Clearly and cleanly photographed, this performance is riveting to see and hear. Keep watching after Reed leaves the stage; his post-show comments about some special moments in front of the audience are well worth catching.
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