Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart

1997, NR, 85 min. Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.

REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Jan. 11, 2001

Produced as part of the American Masters series on PBS, this documentary about musician Lou Reed probes behind the iconography and myth to discover the seminal artist at the rock & roll heart of it all. It follows Reed's career from his early Syracuse University days as a prot?g? of the poet and writer Delmore Schwartz to his Warholian days in the Velvet Underground and, later, his prolific solo career. Interviewees include musicians Thurston Moore, Patti Smith, David Bowie, David Byrne, Jim Carroll, John Cale, and Maureen Tucker; Factory actists Billy Name and Gerard Malanga; Warhol superstars Mary Woronov, Joe Dellasandro, and Holly Woodlawn, record producer Bob Ezrin; former Czech president Vaclav Havel; journalists John Rockwell, Lisa Robinson, and David Fricke; and many, many others. (Co-producer Karen Bernstein will be present following the screening for a Q&A. See this week's Screens section for an interview with Bernstein.) The Texas Documentary Tour is co-sponsored by the Austin Film Society, the UT Department of RTF, The Austin Chronicle, KLRU-TV, and SXSW Film.

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Lou Reed: Rock & Roll Heart, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

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