It’s truly the end of an era, as New York and indeed the whole world, mourns the death of the inimitable Lou Reed
* Lou Reed died at his home in upstate New York on Sunday night, after, following problems he suffered as a result of liver disease. There are many things Reed will be remembered for – from fronting The Velvet Underground to hanging up on journalists – but his influence on modern music encompasses it all. This piece by The New Yorker’s Sasha Frere-Jones is one of the best tributes I’ve read to him.
* Bad Grandpa had a good time at the box office this past weekend. A Jackass presentation, starring Johnny Knoxville, knocked Gravity off the top spot. Meanwhile The Counselor, directed by Ridley Scott and written by Cormac McCarthy, did not do well at all. After having seen the film on Tuesday, I’m not surprised.
* Doctor Conrad Murray is a free man, after serving two out of his four-year sentence for the death of Michael Jackson.
* It never seems to end as far as Michael Jackson is concerned – as soon as one court case is over, another threatens to start. This time, Quincy Jones has filed a $10 million breach-of-contract lawsuit in connection with MJ projects released after the singer’s death. The producer, iconic in his own right for producing Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad, alleges that master recordings he worked on were wrongfully edited and remixed so as to deprive him of seeing any profit.
And if you haven’t already seen it, check out today’s Google Doodle, which pays tribute to Edith Head, the costume designer who won 8 Oscars. We have her to thank for helping Audrey Hepburn achieve her iconic on-screen gorgeousness.
Pic from www.loureed.com