The great Lou Reed has died at 71. The 120 Minutes Archive remembers him the best way we know how, by looking back at his stint hosting an early episode of MTV’s 120 Minutes in 1986. Join us by watching these video clips from the show.
Lou Reed hosts 120 Minutes
In the first clip from the show, Lou Reed grills Mark Josephson, co-director of the 1986 New Music Seminar, in his signature take-no-prisoners style:
Here, Lou Reed sits down with Suzanne Vega for an interview:
Thanks to dpallen on YouTube for recording and sharing these video clips.
Remembering Lou Reed
From his days as the founder of The Velvet Underground through his extensive solo career, Lou Reed and his incredible contributions to music and culture will be remembered as long as either of those things exist.
My friend Jim Shearer, currently of VH1 and former host of 120 Minutes on MTV2, shared this thought shortly after we learned of Lou’s passing:
Lou Reed: Pioneer of art-conscious, sleazy, sassy, glass-half-empty rock music. Seemingly lived as he played. Music press loved/feared him.
— @JimShearer, October 27, 2013
I couldn’t have said it any better. Rest in peace, Lou.