What a great piece, and a great summary of my feelings about Lou as well.
I had the privilege of remastering the VU & Nico Deluxe Edition and the
Velvet Underground Quine Tapes box set several years ago, both of which I
consider true highlights of my professional life. While I never got to meet
or work with Lou, I did meet Robert Quine, who while slightly aloof at
first, was a gentleman, and a true scholar of the guitar. A master of his
craft. He was also one of Lou's biggest fans.
We spent several hours that day transferring his audience recordings from
the VU concerts in 1969. He would recall 40+ year-old set lists from memory.
He told stories about how the band would eagerly listen to his tapes right
after their shows and sometimes ask for copies. How he would stop recording
in between songs to preserve as much cassette tape as possible. How he would
travel with Lou and the band to different cities to record them. And how
much he learned from Lou.
Later, after he became Lou's guitarist for The Blue Mask, they had had a
major falling out. I got the impression that Quine was still upset about it,
and didn't really understand why it happened. But listening back to those
tapes that day with us, he became the biggest Lou Reed fan in the world once
Sadly, both of them are gone now (Quine due to heroin ironically). But this
one will take a while to get past.
On Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:25:04 -0400, Aaron L. Rosenblum
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>Another terrific remembrance from music writer and Lou fanatic Matt
>Krefting. Okay, he's also a lifelong friend and bandmate of mine, but I
>stand by his piece quite apart from any of that:
>Aaron L. Rosenblum
>Assistant Curator of Special Collections
>The *Filson* Historical Society
>1310 South Third Street
>Louisville, KY 40208
>502.635.5083 x 269 (phone)
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