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Welcome to My Back Pages, a collaborative staff feature that will survey a landscape of renowned classics and unheralded gems alike, most of which no one around here ever writes a word about. The rules are simple and loose: we won’t cover anything from this millennium and we will avoid all or most AP.net favorites—though we might make an exception if something is nearing a milestone anniversary. Beyond that though, anything is fair game. So if you have an album, artist, or genre you would like to see discussed in this feature, feel free to throw us a few recs.

Today we take a look at the seminal debut from The Velvet Underground. Whether you know it for its iconic...
Chris Collum on 12/03/13 - 06:10 AM
Rolling Stone have posted the final interview with Lou Reed.
The conversation Reed shared with director Farida Khelfa was part of a photo shoot for Parrot — Reed had offered his sonic expertise to the company, adjusting the balance of the Parrot Zik headphones so they'd be better suited for rock. In the quite significant footage from that day just a month before his death at age 71, Reed appears gaunt, but his mind remains razor sharp. Explaining why he became a musician, Reed said, "You do what you love... or you get arrested." Asked if his father bought him his first guitar, Reed spat back, "My father didn't give me shit."
Jason Tate on 11/08/13 - 11:07 AM
Annie Clark (St. Vincent) recently reviewed Arcade Fire's latest album, Reflektor, for The Talkhouse - the same site that featured the late Lou Reed raving over Yeezus and Ezra Koenig's (Vampire Weekend) goofy take on Nothing Was The Same.
The Arcade Fire have released an album that elucidates our constant psychic vacillation between uber-connection and utter disconnection. They ask you to be aware of your fractured attention span/psyche/in touch with your humanity. Arcade Fire so mercifully avoid the Nuremberg-rock cliches ("Hey!") in favor of sleaze, anxiety, and pathos that you can dance to.
Drew Beringer on 11/07/13 - 07:51 PM
Lou Reed, co-founder of legendary art-rockers The Velvet Underground, has passed away, aged 71.
Kelly Doherty on 10/27/13 - 10:55 AM
Head to the replies to hear Lou Reed and Metallica's "The View."
Alex DiVincenzo on 09/29/11 - 05:52 PM
Lou Reed and Metallica's collaborative album will be released on October 31st/November 1st.
Paul Tao on 08/19/11 - 03:11 PM
David Bowie is set to release a new live album on April 26. Birthday Celebration - Live In NYC 1997 features duets with the likes of Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith (The Cure), Lou Reed and more. Head to the replies for the tracklisting and full list of guest appearances.
Kyle Huntington on 03/17/11 - 06:01 AM
This year's Hop Farm Festival in the UK has added the likes of Morrissey, Lou Reed, The Walkmen, Iggy and The Stooges, Patti Smith and more to the line up. Head to the replies to see the full list of acts so far.
Kyle Huntington on 03/04/11 - 02:23 AM
Steve Henderson on 08/28/07 - 06:06 AM
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