12.12.2006

Lou the Literary Reed Does His Brecht


Lou Reed is finally fleshing out Berlin "...his bleak, Brechtian song cycle from 1973, which he is performing in full for the first time at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn for four nights beginning tomorrow."

Lou (embarrassed that he sounds so much like a recent literature graduate) says about Berlin,

"It’s trying to be real, to apply novelists’ ideas and techniques into a rock format.” He mentioned William S. Burroughs, Hubert Selby Jr., Allen Ginsberg and Raymond Chandler as literary models."

And, on another artistic high note, Julian Schnabel has designed the sets, and managed to include projections of his daughter Lola as part of the background noise.

[NYT]

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