Lou Reed: No more Mr. Nice Guy

    Just in case you thought that Lou Reed’s recent marriage to longtime companion Laurie Anderson was some kind of indication that the king of crank was getting all warm and fuzzy in his old (66) age, Lovable Lou has been reasserting his status as the rocker most journalists would rather eat glass than interview.


    You might have read here recently about Reed’s forthcoming DJ slot on Sirius satellie radio, working in tandem with producer buddy Hal Willner. New York magazine had a chat with Reed about the program. During the course of the conversation, the interviewer mentioned that Sirus’ upcoming merger with XM would boost their earnings, and asked whether Reed was investing in the company. The rest of the discussion went like this:


    Reed: What are you, a fucking asshole? I’m here telling you the truth about music and you want to know if I have stock in the fucking radio? You fucking piece of shit. What did I do to deserve that?

    New York: Moving on. You’ve got a film out, you’ve got your radio show, you’ve got a new book of photography coming up — is there a new album in the works?


    Reed: No. Nothing I feel like talking about. Good-bye.