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Posts Tagged ‘Velvet Underground’

New York Post Maps ‘Lou Reed’s Town’

It was a close Hardeep Phull one-two race. But ultimately, we sided with the Post freelancer’s December 21 compilation of NYC Lou Reed locations over his December 20 item “The 5 Worst Celebrity Christmas Albums.”

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Phull highlights just under a dozen Manhattan spots, adding in fun, breezy observations and trivia notes. Our favorite Reed region:

Corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue

Of all the New York City locations in Lou Reed’s lyrics, this is the most famous. In the Velvet Underground song “I’m Waiting for the Man,” it’s mentioned as the spot where Reed meets his heroin dealer with “$26 in my hand.” The corner is a place of pilgrimage for Reed fanatics — although the only man you’re likely to wait for on that corner now is the pharmacist behind the counter at the Duane Reade.

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Velvet Underground Fans Give Thanks for New Live Track

The song, “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore”, was recorded live at New York City’s The Gymnasium on April 30, 1967, when Lou Reed was just 25. Although a recording of the live show surfaced in bootleg form a few years ago, next month’s release by Universal Music of the box set White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition will mark the first time the composition has seen the official light of day.

For its coverage this week, Dangerous Minds excerpts a remembrance of The Gymnasium, a former Czechoslovakian health and social club, from Blondie member Chris Stein. As a teenager, Stein saw the Velvet Underground live there.

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