1. says

    For years I assumed Lou Reed must be gay because he was involved with the Warhol crowd and sang about “Little Joe” (Dallesandro) in Take A Walk On the Wild Side.

    I was really surprised when I heard he was married to Laurie Anderson!

  2. Mary says

    I went through a Lou Reed musical phase a bit over 12 years ago. During this time Lou released a book of poetry and did a book signing at Barnes and Noble. I went to get an autograph and told him that his VU song “Venus in Furs” does something to my libido. He said in mock surprise “it DOES?.” I said “and I’m the world’s biggest puritan.” He replied “well, that’s who it’s for!”

    And no, I’m not making any of this up.

    RIP Lou.

  3. Robert says

    About ten years ago I ran into him in the men’s room at the Quad Cinema on 13th Street. “Oh wow, you’re Lou Reed,” I said. “I’m a huge fan of yours.” He asked me if I’d give him a blow job. I just laughed because I thought he was joking. I could kick myself now.

    Rest in peace, you beautiful man.

  4. stranded says

    Funny that Andy didn’t mention that Lou was bi. For those who didn’t know, Lou was submitted to a horrifying treatment that was supposed to “cure” him of his bisexuality.

    “They put the thing down your throat so you don’t swallow your tongue, and they put electrodes on your head. That’s what was recommended in Rockland County to discourage homosexual feelings. The effect is that you lose your memory and become a vegetable. You can’t read a book because you get to page 17 and have to go right back to page one again.”

    From “Please Kill Me (1996)”

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