Lou Reed’s Last Words

Yesterday I posted more than 20 videos from the memorial that was held for Lou Reed Monday night.

You can watch them all here.

I didn’t have time to watch them all myself, but in today’s New York Times, Jon Pareles singled out the moment during the memorial when Laurie Anderson shared Lou Reed’s final words.

Mr. Reed’s last words, Ms. Anderson said, were “Take me out into the light.”

It’s such a beautiful line and it drove home to me that Lou Reed was such an incredible poet.

The Velvet Underground albums are filled with not only great songs, but those songs contain so many deep lines. Lou Reed understood human nature, and he articulated it so well.

Patti Smith performed “Perfect Day,” and she said the reason was that it contains “Lou’s most poignant lyric,” “You made me forget myself/ I thought I was someone else, someone good.”

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Michael Goldberg is a distinguished pioneer in the online music space; Newsweek magazine called him an ‘Internet visionary.’ In 1994 he founded Addicted To Noise (ATN), the highly influential music web site. He was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. In 1997, Addicted To Noise won Webby awards for best music site in 1998 and 1999, and also won Yahoo Internet Life! awards for three years running as best music site in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Prior to starting Addicted To Noise, Goldberg was an editor and senior writer at Rolling Stone magazine for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in Wired, Esquire, Vibe, Details, Downbeat, NME and numerous other publications. Michael recently completed his first novel, Days of the Crazy-Wild, and is currently writing a second novel.

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