Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

The Last Interview & Other Conversations
Lou Reed


In this collection of powerful interviews given over thirty years – including his final interview – Lou Reed oscillates between losing patience with his interviewers (he was famous for walking out on them) and sharing profound observations on the human experience, especially as he reflects on poetry and novels, the joy of live performances, and the power of sound. In conversation with legendary rock critics and authors he respected, Reed’s interviews are as pithy and brilliant as the man himself.

A revealing collection of interviews with one of the greatest artists in the history of rock ’n’ roll – as brilliant, punchy, and blustery as the man himself.

Paperback, 122pp
Melville House, 2015
ISBN 9781612194783


LOU REED was born in Brooklyn in 1942, and grew up on Long Island. He studied at Syracuse University with the poet Delmore Schwartz, and in 1964, he founded The Velvet Underground with John Cale. In 1967, the band released its debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, probably the most acclaimed album in rock ’n’ roll history. (It was hailed by Rolling Stone as “the most prophetic rock album ever made.”) After the band’s breakup in 1973, Reed went on to have an extraordinarily successful solo career, releasing such beloved albums as TransformerBerlin, and New York. Over his forty years as a solo artist, Reed collaborated with a huge number of artists and musicians and produced a number of major productions, including a series of concerts based on his album Berlin, staged at St. Ann’s Warehouse, in Brooklyn, in 2006 – a collaboration with the artist Julian Schnabel. He died of liver disease in 2013.