Gio Pilato on LOU REED

Radio personality, rock and blues writer, Giovanni "Gio" Pilato, shares his personal thoughts and memories on Lou Reed.

I have grown up surrounded by any sort of music in my life but nobody has been able to touch the most remote chords of my soul more than Lou Reed. I was born in 1968 so I had to work retrospectively to get to the core of Lou's musical philosophy until reaching The Velvet Underground discography.

The epitome of rock'n'roll anti-hero, Reed has been a true example for me of somebody that believed so hard and deep in what he did, although it might have been taken almost as sheer arrogance by many. When he once said that his songs were the "Book Of Great American Novel", he was not far away from the truth; a sort of contemporary John Steinbeck, although most of his lyrics were at their utmost crude and tough most of the time but certainly a true mirror of 5 decades of American History.

One of the greatest rock photographers of the last half century of music, my fellow Italian friend Guido Harari (which created Lou's cover of Animal Serenade) once said of Lou: "I lived my friendship with Lou with extreme simplicity; Lou said once "If people just knew how normal I am in my everyday life, all the fascination about me as an artist would vanish".

I truly believe in this statement; behind the mask of an introvert and almost rude person that the press has depicted for almost all Lou's career, there was a honest, genuine man that loved art in all different shape and form, life and love for life.

Most people say they will always remember the day John Lennon died... I don't, I will always remember the day Lou went rather for all that he gave to me through all these years; my music formation, understanding Abstract Art, both visually and musically in his case and most of all, keep walking on my side, doesn't matter whether wild or ordinary.

I figured that if I would be able to ask Lou what life meant for him, he might have said "... I guess I just don't know", just like he did in Heroin, in my view, the most underrated rock and roll masterpiece of the last 50 years.

Look after yourself up there, Lou, thank you always to save some old music souls like me from being an "Average Gio".

Thank you, to all at Bluebirdreviews.

Yours truly,

~Gio

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Phil Everly and The Everly Brothers - A Timeless Sound Never Dies.

Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers passed away on January 3, 2014.  

He was known as the harmony of the duo, and the songs they penned will live on forever. No video back then to catch live shows by fans, but this TV recording captures the passion behind the music that the duo carried throughout the generations. "Wake Up Little Suzie" is a very time tuned track on the recorded version, playing it live, the Everly Brothers really unleash their rock hungry talent!

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Lou Reed To Be Honored in Tribute at The Iron Horse Music Hall.

Western Mass will rock its best in homage to their prolific hero, Lou Reed. Mr. Reed's poetic music of hope in the most unusual places will be honored in song by some of the Pioneer Valley's most experienced musicians at the Iron Horse Music Hall this week. BBR posted a review of Reed at the Calvin Theatre several years ago and it remains an unparalleled experience. Visit the Iron Horse Music Hall website for tickets. Mr. Reed left us after a courageous battle with liver cancer, all proceeds from this show go to the Cancer Connection in Northampton, MA.

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Blind Boys of Alabama Release Holiday Album Via Real World Music.

Press Release from REAL WORLD RECORDS:

Treat yourself to a one of the coolest Christmas albums ever with The Blind Boys of Alabama's Go Tell It On The Mountain, featuring guests Tom Waits, Solomon Burke, Mavis Staples, Shelby Lynne, Chrissie Hynde and more. Described by Mojo as "a soulful,
star-studded Christmas cracker", and by Jazz wise as "the silver thruppence amid the stodge that is the usual Christmas fare."

Happy Holidays!

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Out On The Tiles

CREED plays Human Clay LIVE!

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Review by Bluebird

April 27, 2012

With their original lineup, in a unique tour series this year, Creed chose a select set of albums and played certain ones live at different venues across the Northeast. For the Orpheum Theatre in Boston, it was Human Clay. There is a lot of history of change with this band, and many stories to tell from the fans too. Full Circle, the title of their latest album, was also the theme of this room tonight.

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