RIP Lou Reed

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Unless you live under a rock, you're aware that musician Lou Reed passed away in NY. It's a big deal here because he was close with former Czech President Vaclav Havel, and his music helped influence dissidents (like Havel) who spurred the fall of Communism. Read more in the Prague Post HERE.

Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal
There's a lot of bootleg internet video of Reed's performances in the Czech Republic, so I had to sift through a bunch to find this gem from 2009. It's a concert to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (nonviolent end to Communist rule). In it, Reed sings "Perfect Day" with soprano Renee Fleming, and you can see a close-up of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (who is Czech) in the audience. A really moving performance.

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