On October 27, the rock world lost one of its icons as Lou Reed succumbed to liver disease. Thankfully, another piece of his history has been preserved. On September 21, just a month before his death, Reed sat down with film director Farida Khelfa for a brief interview after doing a photo shoot for Parrot Zik headphones. It would be the last interview he ever gave. Parrot Zik has been good enough to post the interview on YouTube.
While Reed is in typical no-nonsense, “f**k you” form in the first part of the interview, in the next few minutes he opens up about the topic of music and sound in a way that truly reflects his lifelong love for music. It’s endearing and makes us mindful, not only of what we lost in Lou Reed, but of the legacy he has left behind. Take a look.