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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Connections: Delmore Schwartz & Lou Reed

One of the biggest influences on the work of iconic rocker Lou Reed was the poet & writer Delmore Schwartz. Schwartz taught creative writing at Syracuse while Reed studied there, but he was more than just his professor. He was a friend and mentor, and his powerful use of everyday language and the common vernacular in his writing, as well as his ability to find sparks of beauty and light amid the darkness of the mundane, helped shape Reed's lyrics.

On "My House," from the 1982 album,  The Blue Mask,  Reed pays tribute to his friend and teacher of "the proud and regal name Delmore."

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