Michael Imperioli wrote a novel where he gets to be best friends with Lou Reed

In the most transparent work of wish fulfillment since Christopher finished Cleaver, actor Michael Imperioli has penned a new novel about becoming best pals with Lou Reed. The Sopranos star—who wrote several episodes of the show, in addition to working on the screenplays for Summer Of Sam and The Hungry Ghosts—will…

Lost Highway put David Lynch onto America’s car stereos

If Twin Peaks brought David Lynch into America’s living rooms, then Lost Highway put him on America’s car stereos. The film itself is a heady mindfuck of a neo-noir tale structured around the idea of a Möbius strip, a reassurance that network TV had not impeded Lynch’s ability to dive into the deeper, darker waters of…

Photographer Mick Rock captures an icon in this exclusive clip from Shot!

David Bowie created his ethereal, iconic Ziggy Stardust look in 1972, which was around the time renowned rock music photographer Mick Rock first began photographing the late idol. Rock—who also shot such rock luminaries as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Debbie Harry—carefully documented Bowie’s spaceman alter ego, helping to…

The Velvet Underground & Nico at 50: Monumental album or just “fine”?

Welcome to the Music Roundtable, where music writers and fans discuss recent reissues, hot new releases, or just records we like. For this installment, on the 50th anniversary of The Velvet Underground’s debut, The Velvet Underground & Nico, three of our writers—one devoted fan, one skeptic, and one neophyte—discuss…

New York Public Library celebrates Lou Reed’s birthday by archiving his stuff

Today would have been Lou Reed’s 75th birthday, and to celebrate the milestone the New York Public Library has taken on an awesome (in more than one sense of the word) responsibility: Archiving the massive stash of personal papers, photographs, and audio and video recordings he left behind upon his death in 2013. The…

Demand great presents this year with The A.V Club’s 2016 gift guide

It became a common refrain as heroes died, villains ascended, and truth and beauty were succeeded by a million Facebook shares on a fake-news story about the pope endorsing Donald Trump: 2016 was a motherfucker. If you made it all the way through, congratulations. You’ve outlasted Prince, the concept of liberal…

Read This: MTV’s 120 Minutes turns 30, remains source of YouTube gold

Back in the early days of MTV, the channel didn’t just air videos from well-known AOR, classic rock, and new wave acts. An annual contest called MTV’s The Basement Tapes pitted videos from unsigned bands against one another, and let viewers choose one winner, who would earn a record deal. (Sound familiar?) More…

Someone has recreated 27 years of MTV’s 120 Minutes online

From 1986 until 2013, MTV’s 120 Minutes, and its spinoff, MTV2’s Subterranean, exposed middle America to new, revolutionary styles of music. The shows played bands and genres of music that never would have made it on the air at any other time, and are arguably at least partially responsible for turning grunge into a…

BBC documentary dives into the life of the late Holly Woodlawn

Andy Warhol’s Factory was a world unto itself: a microcosm of junkies, cross-dressers, hustlers, artists, and weirdos with a ubiquitous soundtrack from Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. The late Holly Woodlawn—who died this week at 69—was one of the major players in this heroin-fueled world. For those who are…

Rock Against Drugs PSAs were strangely trippy in the 1980s

Drugs and rock ’n’ roll have a long and storied history and have accomplished a great deal together. Among their most famous collaborations is the entire 1970s. But all long-running marriages have their occasional rocky patches, and one such patch occurred in the late 1980s, at the height of Nancy Reagan’s “Just Say…

BREAKING: Father John Misty didn’t actually talk to the ghost of Lou Reed

Breaking the heart of Taylor Swift fans and all those who dream of an afterlife where Lou Reed persists as a cranky, overprotective ghost, Josh Tillman—a.k.a. Father John Misty—has admitted that the Velvet Underground star never actually appeared to him in a dream. Tillman made the heartbreaking admission during a…

UPDATED: Father John Misty one-ups Ryan Adams with Velvet Underground-style 1989 covers

Father John Misty must not think much of Ryan Adams’ Taylor Swift fandom. Josh Tillman (who’s Father John Misty the same way Justin Vernon is Bon Iver) has released two Taylor Swift covers of his own, only they’re done in the style of Ryan Adams by way of the Velvet Underground. Tillman’s versions of “Blank Space” and…

The music industry plays itself at the 2015 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony

Induction Ceremony, 12:47 a.m.— It’s the end of the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, and Ringo Starr is strolling around the stage wondering what the hell is going on. He just finished performing a cover of the song “Boys,” and was eager to continue a musical set that would cap off the evening.…