Lou Reed performs live on stage at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on May 19, 1974. Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns.
Pioneering musician Lou Reed, whose work profoundly influenced rock 'n' roll, died Sunday at the age of 71 from liver disease. Reed is best known as the founder, singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his song "Walk on the Wild Side." Over the course of his career, Reed collaborated with other legends like Andy Warhol and David Bowie.
To learn more about Lou Reed's life and music, check out this feature-length documentary created by PBS's American Masters in 1998. The film, which screened at Sundance Film Festival that same year, features interviews with Reed, Bowie, Patti Smith and many others.
You will need plenty of face paint and a little patience to pull off these Halloween costumes inspired by Roy Lichtenstein's pop art. Photo by Flickr user Viktor Sekularac
The pumpkins are out, the haunted houses are revving up their scare tactics. Halloween is just around the corner and celebrants are prepping their costumes. Do you have yours picked out or do you need a little inspiration?
We got our inspiration from some creative Flickr users. We crawled the site looking for Halloween observers who channeled their inner makers and built costumes based on well-known works of art. Check out their innovative ideas and read about the stories behind them. And if you get the urge to create an ensemble yourself, read below for instructions on how you can share your Halloween pics with us.» Continue reading
Humor wasn't always integral to Billy Collins' poetry. The former U.S. poet laureate thought he had to be serious, or at least "pretend to be serious." Collins eventually found a way to meld his personality with his poems, and his new collection, "Aimless Love," continues to show that off. He stopped by the NewsHour recently to speak with chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown about capturing everyday life in a poem.
To hear Billy Collins read "A Dog on His Master," watch the video below:
Chief arts correspondent Jeffrey Brown and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey talk to students learning poetry through InsideOut, a Detroit-based literary arts project that brings writers to public schools. Photo by Reid Riddell
Our story on poetry in the Detroit public schools is part of a series I'm doing around the country with U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey that we call "Where Poetry Lives." The idea is simple: Not to bring poetry from the outside to people, but to examine and capture the many wonderful, often unexpected ways and places where it's found. And, yes indeed! Poetry lives in some of Detroit's public schools, through a program called "InsideOut" that brings professional writers into classrooms.
We visited Marcus Garvey Academy in east Detroit and watched as poet Peter Markus worked with middle school students, getting them to listen to, think about, and then write their own poetry. Markus often uses a question to prompt the students' writing. On this day, he used a version of our theme and asked them, "Where does poetry live?"
We talked with Markus, InsideOut founder Terry Blackhawk, Marcus Garvey principal James Heard and three young students. And, of course, we were very conscious of the setting: a public school and a troubled part of a troubled city in which many of the students face daily difficulties. Later that day, we also talked to Justin Rogers, an alumni of the InsideOut program who's now attending Wayne State University and has grown into an accomplished poet, performing his work around the country. We were there when he and two others from the program read at an evening gathering in a midtown art gallery (another 'sign of life' in Detroit, by the way).» Continue reading
EmbedVideo(7741); In addition to workshops and classes, InsideOut hosts poetry readings throughout the city. The NewsHour recently attended one at the Dell Pryor ...» Read More
Natasha Tretheway and Jeffrey Brown visit with students at InsideOut, a Detroit-based literary arts project that exposes children to poetry. Photo by Mary ...» Read More
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