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Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 


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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Episode credited cast:
Lou Reed ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bowie ... Himself
David Byrne ... Himself
John Cale ... Himself
Joe Dallesandro ... Himself
Václav Havel ... Himself
Penn Jillette ... Himself
Thurston Moore ... Himself
Sterling Morrison Sterling Morrison ... Himself
Nico ... Herself (archive footage)
Patti Smith ... Herself
David A. Stewart ... Himself
Maureen Tucker Maureen Tucker ... Herself
Suzanne Vega ... Herself
Andy Warhol ... Himself (archive footage)


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Release Date:

29 April 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lou Reed: Kardia apo rock and roll See more »

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All the interviewees appear on screen one by one, staring at the camera in the style of a Warhol 'screen test': most of them crack up. See more »

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18 January 2005 | by ErnieSegarraSee all my reviews

Once again, I'm Jo-Jo not Ernie - he's my husband and I can't erase his name off this site no matter how hard I try. Anyway, for a fairly recent convert to Lou Reed like myself, this was a really enjoyable film. He does seem to be an interesting person - definitely from the "Grumpy Old Man School Of Sexiness" (like my husband). Like several of you have mentioned, his marriage/homosexuality was glossed over; in fact his background in general was barely mentioned and it was one aspect of the film that I found a little disappointing. I would like to have heard about his family, relationships etc, but the insight into his career was pretty good.

My favourite part was definitely the closing credits - "Perfect Day" is one of Lou's prettiest songs (although he doesn't seem to be much associated with "pretty" songs) and everyone looked adorable. Patti Smith giggling is one of the sexiest things I have ever seen! I would love to see an expanded version of this with more info.

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