Posted in music on November 6, 2013

Laurie and Lou (more by Chris La Putt)
Laurie & Lou

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed only met in 1992, believe it or not, and didn't actually get married until 2008 but had been a couple since almost the very start. Laurie gave a short eulogy to their local paper, the East Hampton Star, but has now given a longer tribute to her husband, who died on October 27, that will appear in the November 21 issue of Rolling Stone (which has Reed on the cover):

I guess there are lots of ways to get married. Some people marry someone they hardly know - which can work out, too. When you marry your best friend of many years, there should be another name for it. But the thing that surprised me about getting married was the way it altered time. And also the way it added a tenderness that was somehow completely new. To paraphrase the great Willie Nelson: "Ninety percent of the people in the world end up with the wrong person. And that's what makes the jukebox spin." Lou's jukebox spun for love and many other things, too - beauty, pain, history, courage, mystery.

Lou was sick for the last couple of years, first from treatments of interferon, a vile but sometimes effective series of injections that treats hepatitis C and comes with lots of nasty side effects. Then he developed liver cancer, topped off with advancing diabetes. We got good at hospitals. He learned everything about the diseases, and treatments. He kept doing tai chi every day for two hours, plus photography, books, recordings, his radio show with Hal Willner and many other projects. He loved his friends, and called, texted, e-mailed when he couldn't be with them. We tried to understand and apply things our teacher Mingyur Rinpoche said - especially hard ones like, "You need to try to master the ability to feel sad without actually being sad."

You can read Anderson's entire piece at Rolling Stone.

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Comments (8)

The whole piece is really moving, and definitely worth reading.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 4:21 PM

wow, intense read

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 4:27 PM

^ SOMEBODY DIED ASSWIPES!

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2013 4:44 PM

^ Enough with that stupid meme.


Good read; I like knowing how it was like (or could be like) for these icons aside from musical matters.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 9:55 AM

Fascinating, considering Lou never discussed his personal life in interviews.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 10:52 AM

^ The stuff people will never openly reveal about themselves and/or don't want others to know about is always fascinating. Stuff that everyone is already familiar with is usually pretty boring.

Thanks for the music, Lou.

Posted by Anonymous | November 7, 2013 3:09 PM

How about crediting Timothy Greenfield-Sanders for his photo ???

Posted by Eoin Douglas-Smith | November 7, 2013 10:58 PM

People say that you cant take culture to the masses, one man disagreed he was Jon Peel the radio one DJ who broke so many artists and bands that the mainstream wouldn't touch. Now we have Simon Cowell. What do we have now One direction. Good or bad we had different types of music, always interesting and different if you liked them or not.

Posted by Connor | February 27, 2014 6:30 AM

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