Blank on Blank – Lou Reed

Blank on Blank is a Brooklyn-based studio, in collaboration with PBS, that uses animated short films to present lost or forgotten interviews. “Famous names, lost interviews” is their tagline.

In this interview, Joe Smith—who wrote Off the Record, an oral history of Rock and Roll—records a telephone conversation with Lou Reed in 1987. The interview is billed as a discussion of guns and ammo, but thereâ’s not much in the way of NRA talk here. Instead, the conversation veers into Lou Reedâ’s degree in English and his love of literature infused rock and roll. Apparently, “Venus in Furs” is named after a book.

His dream was to create elevated, timeless rock and roll “about really adult stuff.” Oh, and he thinks the Beatles are shit.

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