American Masters: Season 12, Episode 4

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (29 Apr. 1998)

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30 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Rock n Roll Heart is a masterful collection of late '60s Velvets footage. It skips a lot of the negative aspects of Lou's life-how Bowie and Reed did not collaborate for 20+ years 'cause they didn't get along; or how Andy and Reed fell out over a contractual agreement (Reed wanted to give Andy 20% of their royalties AFTER he collected the money, not the other way around-i.e. Andy collected all the money, received his 20%, and gave Reed the rest). The documentary does not cover the reasons why John Cale left the band (arguably, he was as important as Reed to the Velvet's sound). Like the previous summary stated, the doc. also skips his homosexuality and the shock treatments which shaped much of his music. It glosses over Lou Reed's personality-primarily that he is hard to deal with-a major reason why he has had difficulty finding a backing band. It does state (and rightfully so) that he is a genius. He is my Beatles and one of the greatest songwriter in rock's history. Get this for the footage, not the real story!

Also: Metal Maching Music RULES! Seriously. It is highly unlistenable, but that is the point! I love it!

However, Lou's solo stuff primarily SUCKS! Part of Transformer compares to the Velvets. Part of Berlin, too. Not much else though.

This just in: MOE TUCKER RULES!

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