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Campus Flap Emerges Over Lou Reed's Iconic Song

Student group says 'Walk on the Wild Side' is offensive to trans people

(Newser) - Lou Reed's seminal 1972 hit "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is stirring up a little controversy on the campus of a Canadian college. As the Media Research Center reports, the student association at Guelph University apologized online because it included the song in a public playlist....

Green Day Enters Hall of Fame in 1st Possible Year

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees

(Newser) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the artists to be inducted next year at the April 18 ceremony in Cleveland, and Rolling Stone has reactions from most of them:
  • Green Day: "I had to go for a walk when I heard the news," says frontman

Green Day, Smiths Score Hall of Fame Nominations

Nine Inch Nails, Sting also get first-time nominations

(Newser) - People who came of age in the '90s may be startled to learn that Green Day and Nine Inch Nails are now venerable enough to earn nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which requires a 25-year recording history. The other first-time nominees to the Class of...

5 Most Uplifting Stories of the Week

Including one about a town throwing Christmas early for sick boy

(Newser) - An Ohio town's moving Christmas gesture and some thoughtful 8th-grade football players make the cut this week:
  • Entire Town Throws Early Christmas for Dying Boy : Port Clinton, Ohio, sounds like a pretty incredible town. Devin Kohlman, one of its own, is dying of brain cancer, and he may not

Lou Reed's Wife Places Tender Obit in Local Paper

Says he spent last days 'dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature'

(Newser) - Lou Reed's wife, artist and musician Laurie Anderson, has offered up a tribute to her late husband and the Long Island community they loved via an obituary she placed in the East Hampton Star yesterday. Stereogum has a copy: "Even though we're city people this is our...

Rock's Elite Mourn 'Legend', 'Master' Lou Reed

Music world grieves over his death of liver disease

(Newser) - Friends, fans, and fellow musicians are mourning Lou Reed following the influential rocker's death yesterday at age 71 . Rolling Stone and Digital Spy round up the reactions:
  • Flea's simple tribute on Twitter : "I love Lou reed so much. Always."
  • And from The Who : "RIP Lou

Lou Reed Dead at 71

Velvet Underground veteran had liver transplant in May

(Newser) - Iconic rocker Lou Reed has died today at the age of 71, reports Rolling Stone in a lengthy obituary celebrating the "massively influential songwriter and guitarist who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music." No cause of death was immediately released, but Reed underwent a life-saving liver...

Rocker Lou Reed Has Liver Transplant

71-year-old recuperating nicely, says his wife

(Newser) - Lou Reed is recovering from a liver transplant, his wife tells the Times of London. The 71-year-old had the surgery several weeks ago at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, says Laurie Anderson, herself a performance artist. "It's as serious as it gets," she tells the newspaper. "...

Velvet Underground, Warhol Estate Battle Over Banana

Surviving musicians say they own rights to iconic album art

(Newser) - The Velvet Underground is taking the Warhol Foundation to court over the rights to rock and roll's best-known banana. The surviving members of the band argue that the banana illustration then-manager Andy Warhol created for their massively influential 1967 debut album has become their trademark, and Warhol's estate...

Lou Reed to Stage Concert... For Dogs

'High-frequency' tunes will be inaudible to humans

(Newser) - American musician Lou Reed and his wife, performance artist Laurie Anderson, are planning an "inter-species social gathering"—otherwise known as a concert for dogs. Yes, a dog concert. The show, aptly titled Music for Dogs, will be held outside the Sydney Opera House in June and will feature...

Costello Show Peeks Into Rockers' Heads

New talk show is heaven for music obsessives

(Newser) - On most talk shows, musical guests are relegated to the end of the program, with only a word or two of interview after a performance. But this week Bravo is premiering a new talk show hosted by Elvis Costello that takes another tack: It places musicians front and center, chatting...

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