Downtown Seder

Lou Reed: The Wise Child

Downtown Seder impresario Michael Dorf remembers the iconoclastic rock legend and his role at alternative Passover celebrations.

10/28/2013
Special To The Jewish Week
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Lou participated in one of my first Downtown Seders at the Knitting Factory in 1994. In our version of this ancient ritual, we take the Haggadah and allocate the sections among musicians, thinkers, poets, political figures, etc. Each of the Four Children are represented, and I recall thinking if I should ask Lou to be the “bad” child or the “wise” child. I think that year John Zorn ended up being the bad child and Lou was the Wise Child and read one of his poems.

Rock legend Lou Reed loved Michael Dorf’s Downtown Seders. Getty Images
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