Lou Reed, a hugely influential songwriter who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, died today on Long Island. He was 71. The cause of his death is unknown, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. His career and accomplishments over 50+ years are almost too numerous to list. With the Warhol produced band The Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed married beauty and noise, and brought a whole new lyrical honesty to rock and roll poetry. “One chord is fine,” he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. “Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” His most well known hits, “Sweet Jane and “Walk On the Wild Side,” a loving yet unsentimental evocation of Warhol’s Factory scene, became ubiquitous. In the nineties, Reed began a relationship with musician-performance artist Laurie Anderson and the two became an inseparable New York fixtures, collaborating and performing live together, while also engaging in civic and environmental activism. They were married in 2008. I was at a large party once at their loft off of Canal Street, chatting with someone I had just met. They said to me, “That guy looks just like Lou Reed.” I replied, “That IS Lou Reed – NOBODY looks like Lou Reed.” Reed always followed his own artistic impulses and the once-decadent rocker became an avid student of T’ai Chi, even bringing his instructor onstage during concerts in 2003. Reed returned to mainstream rock with 2011’s Lulu, a collaboration with Metallica. “All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter,” he told Rolling Stone in 1987. “They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.” And what a novel it is. Here’s a tribute to the man’s seminal “Walk on the Wild Side” featuring photos of Warhol Superstars Holly Woodlawn, Candy Darling, Joe Dallesandro and Jackie Curtis, with deleted footage from Ciao, Manhattan. (via Rolling Stone)
Tag Archives: Holly Woodlawn
It’s time again for Ring My Bell, the call-in chat show that lets YOU talk to your favorite wowlebrities! Now’s your chance to ask all of your burning questions, or just kiki with the stars, dahling! TODAY, Thursday, September 12 we have the iconic, living legend, Andy Warhol superstar, Holly Woodlawn @ 12PM! Call her at wowpresents on Skype, and make those connections, guuuuuuurl! (Only your voice will be recorded.) If the phone keeps ringing, don’t get impatient just wait and we’ll try our hardest to connect your call! Watch past episodes here!
So exciting! Warhol superstar and drag icon Holly Woodlawn, star of cult classics Trash and Women in Revolt, will ACTUALLY BE in the World of Wonder studios tomorrow for a Ring My Bell! Think of the history! Think of the people she’s worked with! Ask her about ANDY! Ask her about CANDY! Talk about the time she fucked a beer bottle on film! Or just ask what she’s been up to lately. It’s up to you. JUST BE SURE TO CALL! SHE’S A LIVING LEGEND, for cryin’ out loud! (Photo by Idris + Tony for the World According to Wonder book)
Women In Revolt, Andy Warhol’s satirical film from 1971, was directed by Paul Morrissey and is notable for being the last movie Warhol himself filmed scenes for. Its stars were far from revolting. Along with Jane Forth and Penny Arcade, the movie featured Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, and Holly Woodlawn, three transgendered ladies who sparkled very high up in the Warhol Factory’s galaxy of stars. Darling and Curtis had previously appeared in Flesh and Woodlawn had starred in Trash. The film’s score is by the Velvet Underground’s John Cale.
Gorgeous, gorgeous Holly Woodlawn. Living legend. Drag icon. SURVIVOR. Such an important person in the history of gay culture. What she did in the ’70s – along with Divine, Jayne County, and Tim Curry in Rocky Horror – was provide a bridge between old school female impersonation and modern drag with its completely original, self-invented characters. Without Holly, there would be no Boy George. There would be no RuPaul. They’d still be dressed like Judy Garland and Carmen Miranda. We all need to bow down to the goddess whenever we see her. And go watch her movies. Her performance in Andy Warhol’s Trash still shocks nearly 45 years later. It remains one of the saddest portraits of unrequited love ever put on film. When Holly fucks herself with a beer bottle to get Joe Dallesandro’s attention, it will just break your heart. Holly has been involved in a number of WOW projects over the years, most notably the documentary Andy Warhol: The Complete Picture. She’s appeared in numerous Daily Freak Show episodes as well as contributed to the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery.
From The World According to Wonder: “Holly Woodlawn, performer, author, Warhol superstar. Holly’s autobiography Low Life in High Heels has been an inspirational text when it comes to the basic human right of ‘if you want something, just go out and grab it by the balls.’” Here, here. Photographed at her home in West Hollywood by Idris + Tony.
This picture sums up everything that’s wonderful about World of Wonder. Warhol superstar Holly Woodlawn and Joan Van Ark. At the same party. In the same picture. Fabulous. It should be your Christmas card.
Tonight is one of those nights you get a chance to hear fascinating people and see fascinating films. Zackary Drucker chats with Flawless Sabrina, and Holly Woodlawn at the Hammer Museum.
Free tickets through Billy Wilder Box Office. Cash bar at 7:30, screening at 8:30.