Lou Reed

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“Because of all this crap that’s going on, it’s on the top of everybody’s minds – it’s all anybody talks about. Basically, the world’s falling apart –(...)

Disaffected but not punk, eager to please but only on their own terms, a thorn shoved into the skin of church and state, it is easy to view The Boomto(...)

The remains of broadcaster and journalist Keelin Shanley are removed from  St Paul’s Church, Glenageary following the funeral service. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Keelin Shanley’s fearless journalism, her curiosity to learn and tell the stories of others, and, most of all, her “wicked” sense of fun were celebrat(...)

Rufus Wainwright: ‘This tenth anniversary monument is, in many ways, a testimony to my mother and her love of the holiday season.’

Rufus Wainwright has many memories of his family’s Christmas concerts from down through the years, but one stands out for obvious reasons. “I’ll never(...)

Expectations upended, preconceptions shattered: that’s the shape of Lankum’s world, and it’s a world of wide horizons and imaginations writ large on T(...)

 Lou Reed in New York in 2011: I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics shows him to be a true rock ’n’ roll poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Faber & Faber’s forthcoming reissue of Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics revives a question that’s been kicking around since B(...)

Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week the veteran English protest singer Billy Bragg joined us for a chat on the Irish Times politics podcast (which, I am contractually obliged t(...)

Wendy James on The Velvet Underground and Nico: ‘The band taught me how to write a pop song with as much sneering, insouciant naivety as Lou Reed.’

The first time I ever heard their first album The Velvet Underground and Nico was in a bedsit with Nicholas Christian Sayer, the guitarist and my musi(...)

Liss Ard estate near Skibbereen in west Cork is going for  €5m

Liss Ard, the one-time west Cork artists’ haven (currently operating as a country house hotel and wedding venue) took the plungethis week when its ask(...)

A perfect day: Daniel Stewart

The 2018 marathon playlist: 1. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary. 2. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy. 3. Lou Reed – A Perfect Day. Driving down into the cl(...)

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