Musicians, artists and aging punk-rockers are expected to take a Wake on the Wild Side as they gather amongst the crowd at a public memorial service for Lou Reed at a north London Chapel this Sunday.
The event – Wake on the Wild Side – is billed as a celebration of Lou Reed’s life and genius and will be a chance for people who have been inspired, influenced or touched by his work to pay tribute to the visionary musician who died last Sunday.
Organisers are inviting bands, musicans, poets as well as ordinary people to perform, speak or just attend the event which will take place in London’s famous Newington Green Unitarian Chapel hosted by atheist minister Andy Pakula.
This would be a very different world without Lou Reed. There are many people who feel a distinct need to say goodbye. This is event is intended for anyone and everyone whose life has been touched by his music and poetry, be they old rock stars, young musicians or just ordinary folk. – Andy Pakula
Organisers are hoping to get a wide range of people to come and even Salman Rushdie tweeted on Tuesday to say that he would not be able to attend as he was in New York. Rushdie recently recalled an interview with Vaclav Havel in which he hinted at the Velvet Underground front man’s impact on the Prague Spring saying, “Why do you think it was called the Velvet Revolution?” he asked Rushdie.
Co-organiser, journalist Stefan Simanowitz, stressed that the programme for the memorial is not fixed and appealed to people to get involved.
We welcome everyone who’d like to get involved with Wake on the Wild Side: musicians, technicians, artists or anyone who has been inspired, influenced or touched by Lou Reed’s music or poetry. Dress code on Sunday is optional but people are encouraged to dress on the wild side.
Wake on the Wild Side, Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, Newington Green Unitarian Chapel, London N16 9PR.
Tickets can be obtained from: Eventbrite – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/9069345657. Tickets are FREE but space is limited.