The legendary and hugely influential Lou Reed is coming to BBC Radio 6 Music this Autumn, with a series of 12 eclectic programmes as 6 Music Celebrates Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground from 14-21 October.
Running the gamut of jazz to the newest indie, to vintage rock and everything in between, Reed will co-host the show with music producer Hal Willner, who collaborated with Reed on the concert film Berlin.
Lou Reed says: “Playing new and older music with the knowledgeable compendium of Hal Willner is a great pleasure. This is music for the sake of beauty, power and splendour. Object: tune in, tune up and heighten the emotional and physical world through the music we all know, and experience the healing. From hip-hop through to Albert Ayler through to Clara Rockmore. Welcome to our world BBC Radio 6 Music.”
James Stirling, Head of Programmes at BBC Radio 6 Music, says: “Lou Reed's contribution to music is huge. His ability to unite the worlds of music and art, coupled with his song-writing ability has inspired many of the artists so vital to 6 Music’s listeners. I am delighted that we can bring his radio show to our audience.”
In the 1960s, Lou Reed led the Velvet Underground as the antidote to the counterculture hippies of the time. Produced by Andy Warhol, they became a band with an avant-garde vision beyond the realms of popular music. In addition to Reed's success as part of the Velvet Underground, he scored a major solo hit with his gritty urban anthem Walk On The Wild Side, and has released over 20 solo albums since 1972. He recently collaborated with The Killers on the alternative rock hit, Tranquilize.
Highly acclaimed music producer Hal Willner taps into a wide range of genres, including rock, jazz, pop and experimental. Willner has produced albums for a variety of artists, including Marianne Faithfull, Bill Frisell, Gavin Friday, Lucinda Williams, Laurie Anderson and Allen Ginsberg, as well as Lou Reed.
Alongside the documentaries, 6 Music will host a whole range of other linked programmes, including:
- The First Time with John Cale. Founder member of The Velvet Underground John Cale OBE talks to Mike Everitt about his experiences during his 30-year career.
- Lauren Laverne will be playing her favourite Lou Reed and Velvet Underground cover versions.
- Shaun Keaveny will unveil 6 Music’s very own version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, starring all of 6 Music’s presenters.
- Marc Riley, Jarvis and Huey Morgan will host themed shows exploring the influences and themes of Lou Reed’s music, New York, art and the musicians he worked with.
Lou Reed’s New York Shuffle will broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 14 October.
This is music for the sake of beauty, power and splendour ... From hip-hop through to Albert Ayler through to Clara Rockmore. Welcome to our world BBC Radio 6 Music."