Lou Reed

Lou Reed: The Wise Child

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

10/29/2013
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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 Wicked Child and Lou was the Wise Child and read one of his poems.

A poem for Pesach: Lou Reed was a regular at seders at the Knitting Factory and City Winery. Getty Images

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
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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

Rock Legend Lou Reed Dies At 71

'My God is rock and roll,' Jewish singer said.

10/28/2013
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Musician and guitarist Lou Reed, the frontman for the band Velvet Underground as well as a solo artist, has died.

Reed, who was born to a Jewish family, died Sunday at 71. A cause of death was not made public.

He had a liver transplant last year after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

Lou Reed: Railed against bigotry in his music. Getty Images
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