Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart

PBS and THIRTEEN's American Masters series present a special in memoriam broadcast of the 1998 documentary Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart beginning tomorrow, Thursday, October 31 at 10pm nationwide on PBS (check local listings). The film will air on select PBS stations through November 7, including on the WORLD channel, broadcast in nearly two-thirds of the United States (check for airdates).     

Confirmed airdates at this time include:

*Los Angeles area - Thursday, October 31 at 10 pm on PBS So Cal   

*New York metro area - Monday, November 4 at 9 pm and late night Tuesday, November 5 at 3:25 am on THIRTEEN

*For airdates in other markets, please contact your local PBS station or check local listings.    

Rock icon Lou Reed was born on March 2, 1942, in Brooklyn, NY, and died on October 27, 2013 at his home in Amagansett, NY as a result of liver disease.

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders commented, "Lou Reed music was the backbeat to our lives and his lyrics were our conscience. His death is a blow, not only to New York City, but also to the world."

Lou Reed - photo credit: (c)Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, All rights reserved. 
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Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, An American Masters Special (1998) Film Synopsis 
For more than 40-years, Reed has been at the forefront of American avant-garde music, beginning with creation of the Velvet Underground in 1965, a band with artistic and political visions far beyond the popular music of the time. Gritty and realistic, the brutal honesty in Reed's lyrics and sound made him a cultural icon of the disenfranchised throughout the '60s and '70s. With songs like Heroin and All Tomorrow's Parties, he tackled harsh urban realities. His Walk on the Wild Side surprisingly made it to the top of the charts and has become a cultural classic about a taboo, hidden lifestyle. Reed worked with other icons of his day -- Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Laurie Anderson. From punk rock to grunge, he has had an unparalleled influence on the American music scene. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the late '90s and given the prestigious Hero Award by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, he continues his life-long experimentation as both a writer and performer. Originally broadcast: April 29, 1998. One hour.

For more information on Lou Reed and the American Masters series' Rest in Peace Lou Reed Spotify playlist, featuring 200 of his songs, visit:

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