|December 22, 1997|
Another Velvet Underground bootleg box set!
Midnight Beat has just released the sequel to their bootleg A Walk With The Velvet Underground 5-CD box set. A Walk With The Velvet Underground - Volume 2 is a 3-CD set, including a 64-page reproduction of Andy Warhol's Index book. Most of the material here is (once again...) reboot of previously circulating recordings (Max's Kansas City outtakes, Reed/Nico's "Bedroom Rehearsal", film soundtracks... etc). The bonus is the inclusion of a multimedia track on third CD which offers 2 original Andy Warhol's movies.
|December 18, 1997|
John Cale will do a concert next year in Rotterdam. The concert will be on January 16 in the Nighttown club. John will be solo. Ticketsale has started, price is 27,50 dutch guilders. Information: Nighhttown, West Kruiskade 28, Rotterdam, phone 010-4361210.
|December 16, 1997|
2 new Lou Reed bootleg CDs
Banging On My Drums
|December 11, 1997|
The Kropotkins with Moe Tucker on drums recorded an album and Moe says: "I am thrilled with it! The music is very different--not out and out rock, but touches of blues, backwoods, fun. Its really very interesting and I LOVE the singer-Lorette Velvette. She's really such an interesting singer!! I keep using the word interesting, but I cant think of another more appropriate one. We hope to interest someone in putting it out, but if not I hope we'll do it ourselves."
|December 10, 1997|
New official Lou Reed web site!
Finally Sister Ray Enterprises, the official Lou Reed web site designed by The Speared Peanut Design Studio. This magnificent page features news, projects, timeline, discography, and links.
|December 7, 1997|
Perfect Day, the album: BMG/Camden 74321 523752. Includes: Rock And Roll Heart, Perfect Day, Coney Island Baby, Men Of Good Fortune, How Do You Speak To An Angel, Downtown Dirt, Real Good Time Together, Vicious Circle, A Gift, Think It Over, My Friend George, Legendary Hearts, The Last Shot, Leave Me Alone, Temporary Thing, The Gun, Sad Song, and Growing Up In Public.
|December 5, 1997|
John Cale on Bonzo Dog Band tribute project
John Cale is to contribute a track to a forthcoming CD tribute to the wonderful 60's British group The Bonzo Dog Band. The Bonzos' drummer, "Legs" Larry Smith, is an old friend of John's, and John has even written a song about him (Legs Larry at Television Centre). For more info on the tribute (no release date in sight though), see The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band.
|December 3, 1997|
The big scoop!!
Members of the Velvet Underground are currently discussing the likelyhood of an "official bootleg" series with PolyGram records. Bill Levenson hinted at such a project around the time of the Peel Slowly and See box (Billboard 8/95) but the project was put on hold indefinitely. Levenson was prompted to resurrect the idea when alerted to the existence of several original source reels of live VU shows.
|November 26, 1997|
Be My Baby
Today's issue of french weekly magazine Les Inrockuptibles (no. 128, Nov. 26 - Dec. 2, 1997) features a brief but nice article about Moe Tucker and her two forthcoming CDs. It comes with a beautiful photograph of you by Renaud Monfourny.
|November 19, 1997|
Nico Icon / Walden
November 19st issue of french daily newspaper Libération includes a review by Olivier Séguret of Nico Icon, a documentary by Susan Ofteringer, with John Cale and Paul Morrissey. The 72-minute video is now out in France on Les Films du Paradoxe.
|November 18, 1997|
Boyos Keep Swinging
Record Collector #219, November 1997, UK, features a one-page article/interview with John Cale. Rock's Prince of Wales has scored the latest welsh-flavoured movie House Of America. The film soundtrack CD is available on Premier Soundtracks (7243 832179 3 0).
|November 15, 1997|
Time Rocker @ BAM, 11.15.97, by Michael Gioia
I was fortunate to attend the performance of Time Rocker this past Saturday evening. Since tickets had gone on sale - 2 months ago I tried to pick the performance date that I had thought Lou might show up to. My accuracy was amazing. Not only did he sit 15 rows in front of us but came to the back of the Opera House and stood there awhile and engaged in a few conversations with obvious personal friends of his. Clearly he was in good spirits that night as he greeted and kissed friends as they approached. And in a public setting such as BAM, he seemed to make himself very approachable. A large of people attending the show most likely don't own any of Lou's or the Velvets music and were there just for the cultural aspects of the play, but as a fan I thought it was pretty exciting seeing him walk amongst us commoners. Also having heard him perform at the Supper Club and listening to a boot of it for the past 2 months, made hearing these songs all the more intense, especially since the majority of the people had never heard any of these songs before. As he was about to walk back to his seat I walked up to him and was in the middle of requesting he sign the cassette cover to the Supper Club boot I showed him, (he look down at it for a second), but one of his friends walked up to him, hugged him and led him backstage before I could finish my sentence. I know he is not one to normally do autographs but I thought this was a special circumstance. Maybe his friend walking him away lessened the probably that he would have blew me off for making such a pedestrian request. I guess I'll never know.
|November 14, 1997|
Lou Reed on David Letterman TV show
Lou performed Future Farmers of America, a song written for Time Rocker, with Mike Rathke on guitar and Fernando Saunders on bass.
|November 13, 1997|
Ex-VU Drummer's New EP Takes Her Back In Time
"Moe Tucker records four more of her favorite girl-group hits from the '60s for new release..."
|November 13, 1997|
Lou Reed on Music From The Late Show
Greatest musical moments album Live on Letterman - Music from the Late Show (Reprise/WEA) from David Letterman's talk show includes Sweet Jane performed by Lou Reed, Mike Rathke (guitar), Greg Cohen (bass) and Danny Frankel (drums), on January 5, 1994.
|November 12, 1997|
New Moe Tucker CDs!
Moe Tucker's I'm Sticking With You/Afterhours CD single and Girl Group CDEP will be available on the first week of December.
|November 9, 1997|
Time Rocker at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Check out Answering the Call of the Wild, an article by Andrew Essex, on The New York Times on the web.
|November 9, 1997|
Moe's new EP and single (see below) are in the pressing plant and are supposed to be ready to pick up the day before thanksgiving. Also Moe is going to New York to play and record with The Kropotkins on November 17th.
|October 29, 1997|
Just a perfect song
The cover version of Lou Reed's song Perfect Day, initially recorded for a BBC ad will be available as a benefit single released on November 21st in UK. This version features Lou himself, David Bowie, and a bunch of "rock 'n' roll stars"...
|October 21, 1997|
Moe's Girl Group EP (with Be My Baby, Da Doo Ron Ron, The He Kissed Me, and To Know Him Is To Love Him) was finished just before Moe leaved for the tour with Magnet. Also finished new versions of Sticking With You and Afterhours for a single. Those gems should be ready for sale within a month.
|October 9, 1997|
New VU book review by Sal Mercuri
A new book has just been published. It is called The Velvet Underground Companion: Four Decades of Commentary edited by Albin Zak III, published by Schirmer Books (Simon & Schuster).
|October 3, 1997|
Nico by Scapino Ballet Rotterdam
Scapino Rotterdam presents the new full-length production by choreographer and artistic director Ed Wubbe, with music composed by John Cale and performed live by an ensemble with two string quartets and pop musicians.
|October 1, 1997|
Roy Lichtenstein died in New York
Pop' art artist Roy Lichtenstein died in New York monday; he was 73 years old.
|October 1, 1997|
In October Garageland from New Zealand is releasing the new single Feel Alright, recorded in their current hometown of London & mixed by John Cale and also featuring some righteous piano-thumping by the Velvet Underground legend. Garageland played a storming set at the Reading festival and will tour the UK & US in the next couple of months. Last Exit To Garageland is finally out in both those countries in 3 weeks. The group currently have an EP collection out on Discordant called Special Comeback which is available in New Zealand through Flying In on import.
|September 26, 1997|
New VU book & Loaded deluxe reissue
Making Of Velvet Underground And Nico, a new CD-sized hardback book by Glen Marks is due out on January 26, 1998.
|September 22, 1997|
Velvet on Kodachrome: LOU REED at the Photographic Resource Center
Lou Reed article by William Ham on issue 38 of Lollipop, a music and entertainment magazine.
|September 22, 1997|
All Tomorrow's Parties : Billy Name's Photographs of Andy Warhol's Factory
New book by Billy Name, Dave Hickey, Collier Schorr. Billy Name was the principal photographer of Andy Warhol's Factory. Now, All Tomorrow's Parties reproduces for the first time Billy Name's recently discovered photos of Warhol, his crowd, and the Factory years, images that give the era another dimensions. These color photos with their experimental use of weird color balances and diptych printing are uncannily contemporary. Together with Dave Hickey's essay and Collier Schorr's interview, Billy Name's photos reveal the Factory in all its intimate grunge and glamour. 135 photos, 122 in color.
|September 22, 1997|
Lou Reed, Bono, David Bowie, Lesley Garrett, Elton John and Tom Jones are among a line-up of top musical talent who have joined forces to reflect the BBC’s ability to serve a diverse range of musical tastes, in a unique performance to be broadcast on television, radio and cinema.
|September 21, 1997|
Magnet's Summer and Winter is being considered for a single release by PC Records.
|September 19, 1997|
Moe Tucker: Out from the Underground
Interview with Moe Tucker on Flagpole magazine online with lots of interesting news including the issue of previously unreleased VU live material.
|September 14, 1997|
Velvet Underground vinyl reissues
Copy repros (counterfeit?) of The Velvet Underground & Nico album, supposedly from Japan, currently circulate. Those are exact copies of the original US mono edition with peelable banana, without Eric Emerson. Very well done. The only difference is in fact the 'feel' of the paper of the cover and the matrix number which is V6-5008 (indicating stereo) but should have been V-5008 (mono). Counterfeit copies of The Velvet Underground (third album) with "closet mix" have also surfaced from the same source.
|September 4, 1997|
Doug Yule is recording again!
Doug Yule will be in a Boston recording studio in mid-September working with Pete Weiss, who was involved with the Magnet CD, and a band which includes the drummer from the Morphine. Doug will sing and play bass and perhaps guitar too.
|September 4, 1997|
Lou Reed live album postponed until 1998
The Lou Reed Live at Alice Tully Hall project was on hold and the set would not be released until after the new year.
|August 22, 1997|
New bootleg 5-CD box set: A Walk With The Velvet Underground
A new 5-CD box set called A Walk With The Velvet Underground is now out on bootleg market. This set compiles pre-VU material, soundtracks, demos, acetates, alternate mixes, rehearsals, and some live stuff. Most of the stuff offered here is reboot of previously issued bootleg (and sometimes official...) records but some tracks have previously only been available on tapes and vinyl bootlegs.
|August 20, 1997|
John Cale appearance on Man In Moon - The Loving Tongue
John Cale will appear (with Michael Stipe, Brian Eno and other artists) on a compilation of erotic poems read with music, produced by californian DJ Liza Richardson.
|August 19, 1997|
New Magnet tour dates with Moe on drums
9/17 - Hotshots, Douglas, GA
|August 7, 1997|
Lou Reed news on Addicted To Noise: R 'N' R 3-Dot: Lou Reed Inks New Record Deal - Legendary VU leader will be the subject of a one-hour PBS American Masters special.
"Lou Reed has spent the past seven years recording for Warner Music Group labels (Sire, Warner Bros.) and a recent deal should find him celebrating a 10 year anniversary with Warner execs. The legendary leader of the Velvet Underground signed a new record deal with Reprise Records on June 26, the same day he performed a rare small venue gig at New York's Supper Club. That gig was filmed for the PBS American Masters series, with the footage possibly going toward an hour-long retrospective on Reed's career slated to air on Apr. 29 of next year. "I've been a fan since I first saw the Velvet Underground, which was even before the first album came out," said Reprise president Howie Klein. "I worked closely with Lou when he came to Sire Records and he had a hit with the song 'Dirty Blvd.' I can't wait to start working with him again. He's one of the most challenging and creative artists I've ever worked with." Klein said Reed played a half-dozen new songs at the Supper Club gig, including one called "Future Farmers of America." For his first Reprise album Reed is thinking about either a retrospective that would include original recordings of earlier material and new versions of older songs, a recording of the music he composed for the Robert Wilson's opera Timerocker, or a collection of new material..."
|August 6, 1997|
Pop-art: Exploding Plastic Inevitable Part 2
An association from Nantes (France), Ixer Enterprises, propose a revival of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable directed by Gerard Malanga with Patti Smith and New york DJ Olive. This event - exhibitions, happenings, poetry reading, films - will take place in Nantes from February 27 to March 9, 1998. Information: 02.40.47.09.62.
|August 4, 1997|
William Burroughs: Lonesome Cowboy Bill
William Burroughs died on last Saturday. The most original writer of the "Beat Generation" had have a great influence on Lou Reed. He was also the "Lonesome Cowboy Bill" in the Velvet Underground eponymous song.
|July 24, 1997|
Moe Tucker has just gone to Atlanta early July to record a few songs for a children's album Not Dogs..Too Simple: A Tale of Kitties. She appears with people like Kevn Kinney, Cindy Wilson. The owner of the record company (Clay Harper) also owns the studio in Atlanta which Moe like to use (Casino). And her old pal Phil Hadaway was there to engineer.
|July 18, 1997|
Le Concert: The Velvet Underground
French musical cable TV channel will broadcast tonight at 20:30 the show filmed at L'Olympia during 1993 tour.
|July 16, 1997|
New Czech Velvet Underground fanzine
First issue of It's All Right The Way That You Live is out (limited edition of 100 copies). It is published by the VU fan club formed in Prague and called Walk On The Velvet Underground. They also sell great looking T-shirts and provide an ordering service for some hard to find items.
|July 11, 1997|
Lou Reed at Ornette Coleman celebration
The Ornette Coleman revival has peaked this week with a remarkable four days of events at New York City's Lincoln Center celebrating the music of the saxophonist seen by many as the trigger for the revolutionary jazz movements of the '60s (...)
|July 7, 1997|
Lou Reed - "J'écris avec mes tripes", Eric Dahan, Libération no. 5016
French daily newspaper Libération publish today a report on Lou Reed's appearance at Meltdown Festival in London, with an interview with Lou before The Music of City and Time poetry reading tonight in Paris.
|July 2, 1997|
The Music of City and Time by Lou Reed in Paris
Lou Reed will be in Paris at Théâtre de l'Odéon on July 7 at 8 PM for The Music of City and Time, a reading of his last poems, texts from Berlin, Legendary Hearts, Nothing But The Thruth, New York, Songs For Drella and Magic And Loss, and also poems by Mallarmé and Baudelaire.
|July 2, 1997|
L'été avec ryko
Ad for John Cale's Eat/Kiss Music For The Films by Andy Warhol in Les Inrockuptibles, no. 111, p. 49.
|July 1, 1997|
Just Say Moe by James Sullivan
Interview with Moe Tucker by James Sullivan published in Bay Area Music from San Francisco CA, June 13, 1997 issue, p. 45-46.