Lou Reed Does Berlin Live

Lou Reed recorded the album Berlin, his third solo album, in 1973. It’s an album that deals with themes of drug use and depression through the story of a doomed couple in Berlin. At the time of its release it was a let down for some because it was the follow up to the upbeat and glam rockTransformer, but with time, the album has come to be considered one of Reed’s best.

In 2006, he performed Berlin live in its entirety at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus. This was the first time the album had been played live and Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) captured the moment on film for this release. Lou Reed
preforms behind a background of images of Christine,  who is a charcter in the album, done by Schnabel.

Here’s a clip from the concert, which includes Lou Reed and Antony Hegarty ( Antony and the Johnsons) performing “Candy Says”:



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