When Lou Reed played Beverly Hills High School

Lou-reed-nico.jpgLA writer and political blogger Mickey Kaus was the instigator of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performing in 1968 at a student assembly at Beverly Hills High School. Mickey has talked about it before, but today's a day for remembering Lou Reed. The post is at the Daily Caller. Sample:

3) They played “Pale Blue Eyes” and “I Can’t Stand It.” During lunch hour they played “Heroin” and “Sister Ray.” Steve Wasserman was disciplined for getting up and dancing. 4) In order to get the assembly approved by the school authorities I had to write up a little page-long pitch, which if I remember right described their songs as the “expression of apocalyptic nihilism.” It must be hilarious now. I should try to find it. For some reason, they approved the assembly, after the Velvets’ manager Stephen Sesnick assured the Girls’ Vice Principal that there were no drug references in any of their songs. 5) Why did they do it? My impression was that Sesnick wanted to connect with “the kids.” 6) Years later, I’m told, Lou Reed denied this event ever happened.

Previously on LA Observed:
When The Doors played LA high schools and clubs
Write-in candidate is a Beverly Hills sleeping lion
Ritchie Valens, garage band success was 17
If nothing else candidate Kaus is having some fun

More by Kevin Roderick:
'In on merit' at USC
Read the memo: LA Times hires again
Read the memo: LA Times losing big on search traffic
Google taking over LA's deadest shopping mall
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Recent Music stories on LA Observed:
How to escape social grit and grime: hear the music, see the dance
Cinderella goes to war, Benjamin Britten shares the blitz
Kosher Nostra reunites: Music makers in all their unfaded glory
Red Hot Chili Peppers and Santa
Gandhi and Glass, Shakespeare and Prokofiev brought to life
Photos: Joni Mitchell tribute concert downtown
'Don Carlo' speaks to today, as does Los Angeles Philharmonic at 100
A "Rigoletto" to revel in, plus Dudamel and Uchida