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On this day, March 2nd, in 1942: Lou Reed is born in Brooklyn, growing up on Long Island.

Today’s soundtrack: Take your pick, I’m going with “The Blue Mask,” as I have been listening to Velvet Underground bootlegs pretty much non-stop these days.

Today’s screening: “A Symphony of Sound,” Andy’s footage of the Velvets rehearsing in the Factory.

Today’s required reading: “Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves (or how I slugged it out with Lou Reed and stayed awake)” - Lester Bangs, “Creem,” 1975.

Today’s quote: “If it’s more than three chords, it’s jazz.”

Today’s photo: Lou Reed on John Cale and Betsey Johnson’s wedding day, 1968. Photograph by Billy Name.

Today’s ill-advised tattoo: http://tinyurl.com/89kdmm4

Today’s inflation calculator: Lou wrote “Waiting for My Man” in 1965. He wrote of spending $26 on speed. That’s $192.90, in 2015 dollars. Meanwhile, he was splitting a $25/month flat on Ludlow Street with Tony Conrad.

Various ways in which things were all right/alright:

  • "Despite all the complications, you could dance to a rock ‘n’ roll station, and it was all right." - "Rock ‘n’ Roll"
  • "Lisa says that it’s all right, when she meets me at midnight" - "Lisa Says"
  • "If Shelly would just come back it would be all right." - "I Can’t Stand It."
  • "Baby be good, do what you should, you know it will work all right." - "What Goes On"
  • "Met myself in a dream and I just want to tell you everything was all right." - "Beginning To See the Light"
  • "But it’s your right, the way that you live, It’s all right, the way that you live" - "It’s Alright (The Way That You Live)"

Happy 73rd birthday, to King Neptune from 2010’s Coney Island Mermaid Parade!

[Back then] it was punk rock the way it should be: adventurous. It was about being creative, offering something different. The problem is that no one is really making great art any more.
I was trying to smash through things. Music should come crashing out of your speakers and grab you, and the lyrics should challenge whatever preconceived notions that listener has.
—  Lou Reed
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The Complete Eightball 1-18
by Daniel Clowes

560-page full color 7” x 10.625” x 2.75” hardcover
$119.99 | 978-1-60699-757-4

Ships in: May 2015 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Before he rose to fame as the author of the bestselling graphic novels Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, and The Death Ray, Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, for the 25th Anniversary of Eightball, Fantagraphics is collecting these long out-of-print issues in a slipcased set of two hardcover volumes, reproducing each issue in facsimile form exactly as they were originally published. Included are over 450 pages of vintage Clowes, including such seminal serialized graphic novels/strips/rants as “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” “Ghost World,” “Pussey,” “I Hate You Deeply,” “Sexual Frustration,” “Ugly Girls,” “Why I Hate Christians,” “Message to the People of the Future,” “Paranoid,” “My Suicide,” “Chicago,” “Art School Confidential,” “On Sports,” “Zubrick and Pogeybait,” “Hippypants and Peace-Bear,” “Grip Glutz,” “The Sensual Santa,” “Feldman,” “Glue Destiny,” and so many more, including many never reprinted before now.