Skip to comments.Lou Reed recovering after liver transplant
Posted on 05/31/2013 10:22:02 PM PDT by Olog-hai
Lou Reed, the US songwriter, poet and vocalist with the Velvet Underground, had a liver transplant last month, according to his wife, the musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson.
Its as serious as it gets. He was dying. You dont get it for fun, said Anderson, who added that her husband was now on the road to recovery following the life-saving surgery.
Reed, 71, canceled a number of concerts in April and had surgery in Cleveland rather than in his native New York due to what Anderson described as the dysfunctional hospitals in his home town.
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Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson? I had no idea! Love that about the hospitals. Freud called it the reality principle.
Best of luck, Mr. Reed. Back in the day he put on a hell of a show.
I had the same reaction you did to Lou being married to Anderson. I wonder if she calls him “O Superman”?
I’ll never have another reason to post this on FR, so I better do it while I got the chance. This is better than the original IMO.
Laurie Anderson, O’ Superman Matt Mix Remaster
Maybe "Captain" ;-)
Walk on the wild side is a great song, but livers don’t live long pickled.
I got a chance to meet Lou Reed on his promotional tour with John Cale for “Songs for Drella” the Andy Warhol tribute album.
The album is quite remarkable in its own right especially since Reed and Cale were seemingly estranged since their Velvets days.
I saw him perform at the Syria Mosque in the 80’s here and he put on a great show live. One of those artists that I’m happy to say I’ve seen while they were alive.
Despite his obvious liver abuse from the R&R lifestyle and age I’m glad to see he has a shot at more life.
As a transplant recipient I am happy for Lou Reed but how about acknowledging the donor or the donor’s families loss. There are liver transplants that can be done with living donors but she sounds cold,
“You send out two planes one for the donor, one for the recipient at the same time. You bring the donor in live, you take him off life support. It’s a technological feat.
“I was completely awestruck. I find certain things about technology truly, deeply inspiring.”
No compassion for the donor or the family. Maybe, it was an exerpt of the interview.
Lou Reed has been on Rudy Giuliani’s case longer than FreeRepublic:
From “Sick of You”
“My arms and legs are shrunk the food all has lumps
They discovered some animal no one’s ever seen
It was an inside trader eating a rubber tire
After running over rudy giuliani
They say the president’s dead but no one can find his head
It’s been missing now for weeks
But no one noticed it he had seemed so fit
And I’m sick of it
I’m sick of you
I’m so sick of you, bye, bye, bye”
Is Lou a Hep Cat?
Didn’t Lou break a leg or ankle in Cleveland several years ago?
Well, I’ll have to take that back as far as jazz goes . . . apparently he was inspired by Ornette Coleman, the free-jazz saxophonist. Even worked with Coleman on “The Raven”.
Is there an age limit where people are no longer eligible for transplants? Or is it all based on money and fame and political acumen?
I discovered the Velvet Underground in the 80’s and loved them. For some strange reason I also adore his album “Berlin”
Ger well Mr. Reed.
I didn’t now they were married either. Get well soon Lou!
I’d say something about the pow- pow-power of positive drinking, but that seems wrong.
71? A liver transplant? What younger person who didn’t drink themselves into the need for one, went without?
I had an aunt in her sixties who needed a lung transplant (didn’t smoke) & couldn’t get one because she was “too old”. Needless to say, she died.
Great, um, song. Not that I have any idea how accurately it represents the experience.
No way. And if I did, it was a long, long time ago. But I don’t.
I wonder if he used the Cleveland Clinic. People with the means fly there for heart surgery, too.
My oldest brother had a liver transplant in 1989, he passed away 5 years ago and it wasn’t due to his liver. It’s not easy dealing with a new liver it changed his life forever but it can be done. Prayers for a long healthy life!
I assume that is a rhetorical question.
Of course being famous, rich or well-connected has it's advantages. Always has and always will. It's neither right or wrong but just the way of the world.
If you are just a 71-year-old regular Joe living on social security checks, you can forget about a liver transplant. So just cut back on the whiskey sours and blow the leftover money at the race track or the casino.
Rock and Roll Animal, baby!
Funny...I’m only a few years younger than Reed,David Crosby and others and I’ve never needed a liver transplant.The most exciting thing,medically speaking,that’s ever happened to me is having had a hip replacement.But then I’ve never done heroin...or coke...or guys.
Did you know Lou Reed died today? He was a massive talent... may he rest in peace.
Lou Reed died today - thought you might want to know... From your link:
‘Cause when love is gone, there’s always justice.
And when justive is gone, there’s always force.
And when force is gone, there’s always Mom. Hi Mom!
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms. So hold me,
Mom, in your long arms.
In your automatic arms. Your electronic arms.
In your arms.
So hold me, Mom, in your long arms.
Your petrochemical arms. Your military arms.
In your electronic arms.
First heard it today from you. Dunno if it’s related to this liver transplant.