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  • Walking on the wild side and returning to the sacred side: Or becoming a rabbi because of Lou Reed

    October 29, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    Word of Lou Reed walking beyond the wild side, never to return, reached me as I was leaving campus, having just finished teaching a class on Modern Jewish Philosophy. As I recovered my copy of Take No Prisoners on my i-Phone and flicking to his 1978 strung-out rendition of “Sweet...

  • The night Lou Reed came to my house

    October 29, 2013 | 10:33 am

    Lou Reed’s death on Sunday has made me think not just of his music but of his life, and specifically about when his life and mine briefly intersected, back when my brother Frank and I entertained him at our parents’ Philadelphia home, unbeknownst to mom and dad.

    It was 1969 and...

  • Vatican culture minister tweets Lou Reed tribute, then a clarification

    October 29, 2013 | 9:46 am

    The Vatican’s culture minister tweeted a tribute to the iconic Jewish-born singer Lou Reed, then a clarification that he did not condone drug use.

    Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi on Monday tweeted a verse from Reed’s song “Perfect Day.” Reed died Sunday at 71 of complications...

  • Watch: Lou Reed doing his part at a seder

    October 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Legendary Jewish rocker Lou Reed passed away this weekend at age 71, and since the news broke there has been a flurry of digital tributes.

    Among them are Tweets from Jewish stars like Bette Midler, Richard Lewis and Judd Apatow, a piece about how the  musician influenced one...

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  • Lou Reed dies at 71

    October 27, 2013 | 3:02 pm

    Musician Lou Reed, the frontman for the band Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist, has died.

    Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, died Sunday at 71. A cause of death was not made public.

    He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

    Reed,...

  • Book reveals secrets from the Patriarchs of Punk: CBGBs was really Heebie Jeebies

    By Marc Ballon

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk," by Steven Lee Beeber (Chicago Review Press, $24.95).

    They were your mother's worst nightmare.

    They wore beat-up leather jackets and ripped jeans held together with safety pins. They spat out three-minute, buzz-saw...