Video Spotlight: SXSW 2008 Keynote Lou Reed

Written by Linda Park | October 30, 2013

Earlier this week we paid tribute to the late, great Lou Reed.

Today we share with you this clip from the archives of his SXSW 2008 Keynote Interview, where Reed, being interviewed by his pal Hal Willner, was wry and fascinating, curmudgeonly and thoughtful.

Willner introduced Reed as the man who is to rock and roll what Miles Davis is to jazz and Lou had this to say on his process, "The thing I got going for me is instinct. I can feel it. I try not to think. Thinking won't get me where I want to go... instinct makes the music."

He also spoke about the passing of a friend and the themes behind the album Magic and Loss, "There's no contemporary music of the kind I'm interested in that deals with the problem of what happens when a friend dies."

We thank him for the magic and know many feel the loss.