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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 05:47 GMT 06:47 UK
Lou Reed

Lou Reed first came to prominence in the 1960s with rock band The Velvet Underground.

In the four decades that have since passed Lou has had a colourful career which culminates in his new album NYC Man.

The double album is Lou's first ever compilation that covers his entire career as far back as his days with the Velvet Underground.

The album has been re-mastered from original tapes and is made up of solos, and tracks with his band and personally selected by Lou.

  • Breakfast's Graham Satchell has been to meet Lou - you can see a specially extended interview only available on the Internet by clicking on the link below

    Publicity for the new album says: "As an artist - and as a NYC Man - Lou Reed always gets right to the point.

    "His lyrics are economical but evocative, his arrangements pared down but powerful."

    In this interview, Lou Reed says that his style "satisfies my desires as an actor .. I'm giving myself a monologue".

    But he emphatically denies that any of his characters could be described as seedy.

    Seedy is politics, if you want to talk seedy, talk politics
    Lou Reed

    He says that what his characters reflect are "part of everyday characters are just having fun."

    The album, says Reed has given him the chance to update the sound from prior CDs and make minor changes to tracks.

    And, if he has his own way, this won't be the last compilation:

    I was hoping that this will be part one and that there will be a part two, part three and part four.

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