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Saturday, May 29, 1982
Lou Reed--'The Blue Mask'
Lou Reed performs on the fringes of
rock 'n roll. Whether using ear-splitting
discordant guitar screams of decep-
tively pristine lullabies, Reed always
attempts to shake the complacency of a
desensitized 'pop' culture.
Reed's career began as lead singer in
Andy Warhol's late 60's bandchild, the
Velvet Underground, which also
featured such progressive talents as
John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Maureen
Tucker, and, later, Nico.
Where others sang puerile praises to
glorified baby-strained images of
(eventually sexual) love, 'together-
hess', innocence (and innocence lost),
Velvet U exposed the inconsistencies
and hypocrises of both liberals and the
status quo, the realities of drugs and
alienation, the feelings of inadequacy
Continuing into a productive solo
career, Reed touched the tender and
made them bleed, not really in anger,
but in exasperation and disappoin-
tment, disengagement and defiance. He
took listeners out to the wild side, into
the back rooms and bedrooms, onto the
neon-lit streets and down the alleys.
The BLue Mask is an account of
Reed's maturation, or rather,
progression towards something
See RECORDS, Page8
Daily Photo by JACKIE BELL
Lewis Regenstein, author of 'America the Poisoned.'
Chemicals turn America
into a poisoned land
B Robert Weisberg ds. Relying almost exclusively on
By R government reports and scientific
studies, Regenstein documents hun-
A N AD SAYS, "Without chemicals, dreds of cases of poisoning caused by
ife itself would be impossible." the spraying of dangerous chemicals,
But over the past 40 years, the in- unsafe disposal of toxic wastes, and
creasing use of chemicals for insect and many other incidents of chemical
weed control, as well as the many leaks pollution.
from chemical waste dumps, has posed In an interview this week, Regenstein
a very serious threat to the environ- said, "Dozens of carcinogenic
ment, wildlife, and human beings. chemicals are found in the air, water,
America the Poisoned, written by and in human bodies throughout the
Lewis Regenstein, Vice President of the
Fund for Animals, details these hazar- See AMERICA, Page 9
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