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Wed Mar 25, 2015, 06:56 PM

3. Perfect example of a guy inventing himself out of nothing...

...and taking it all with him when he left this world.

Most people familiar with Lou's story knows that the Velvets pretty much disintegrated, Lou became disillusioned, worked for his dad's accounting firm for a while, recorded a first solo album that got mercilessly slammed and included session players like Rick Wakeman and Steve Howe from Yes ( ! ) and Caleb Quaye, Elton John's early guitarist ( ! )...the songs were "leftovers," lackluster versions of songs that never made it onto VU albums. No one bought it, the critics savaged it, who the hell KNEW "Transformer" and Bowie were on deck?

...so it all could have been over in June 1972, after that first solo album. But it wasn't. The stuff that Lou became famous / infamous for...not including the Velvets, of course...hadn't even happened yet. It would be another two years before Rock & Roll Animal. But instead of giving up and telling himself that he didn't have what it took, he set out on this self-destructive, hell-bent path that released the legend he knew he had inside.

There's a lesson in that for me.

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