Lou Reed

Lou Reed’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ Gets the Museum Treatment


Beginning today, the University Museum at Cal State Long Beach will house a sound installation based on Lou Reed’s 1975 album Metal Machine Music. The double album was largely a critical and commercial failure upon its release, but it went on to appeal to a generation of audiophiles and feedback hounds for its intricate recording and, well, sheer strangeness.

For those of you unfamiliar with the album, it’s basically an hour of distortion, feedback and guitar fills that are manipulated to the point of nonrecognition. A casual listen is something like this: SQUEEAAAARRRRRKKKKKKKK. For 64 minutes. Read More