Interview: Lou Reed on the Velvets, Bowie… and his love of heavy metal | Louder

It is not wholly beyond the realms of possibility that you could have become a critic yourself. Could you live with such a horrifying prospect? No. It’s interesting. I was learning the triangular paragraph, and that was it for me. You’re not supposed to have an opinion of the triangular paragraph. So I moved from the triangular paragraph of journalism to the theory of triangular staging in drama – in the sidelines, there is always a triangle going. That’s it. So it was easy. What was difficult for me was interviewing Hubert Selby and President Havel. First I was just worried: “Is the battery going to die on me, right in the middle of everything? Should I have a back-up machine just in case?” Welcome to my world. It’s just too nerve-racking. My God… As if I don’t have enough to worry about. read it all at Source: Interview: Lou Reed on the Velvets, Bowie… and his love of heavy metal | Louder

Joni Mitchell: The Songs She Wrote Before She Released a Record

It was all there in 1967, before most of the world had ever heard of her: the northern ice, the fancy clothes and the ache of sadness, the non-triadic melodies, the velvet vocal and painting with words. In her early days, she had written too many songs to take care of, so many of them were put up for adoption. Now, on this box set, she has reclaimed them all. Source: Joni Mitchell: The Songs She Wrote Before She Released a Record

Mick Jagger Responds to McCartney Saying Beatles were Better than the Stones

“The Rolling Stones is a big concert band in other decades and other areas when The Beatles never even did an arena tour, Madison Square Garden with a decent sound system” Jagger said. “They broke up before that business started”. Jagger thinks that while they sing the blues, the Stones went on to embrace something that The Beatles never lasted long enough to enjoy. He added “the Stones went on, we started doing stadium gigs in the ’70s and [are] still doing them now.” Source: Mick Jagger Responds to McCartney Saying Beatles were Better than the Stones