Lou Reed

Whereforeart thou, rock gods? 'Uncommon People' has the answer

Whereforeart thou, rock gods? 'Uncommon People' has the answer

It’s probably safe to assume that most of us have wanted to be a rock star at some point in our lives. The impulse is usually fleeting, however, and instead, we embrace the ritual of vicariously basking in the glory of the genuine article, the sort of glory that borders on rapture. It’s been said a gazillion times, but the comparison is apt: Rock concerts really can be full-blown religious experiences, with a different sort of dogma — thousands of strangers worshiping together at the feet of a Christlike deity who howls like a banshee and most likely wears very tight trousers.

Why have we loved them so? “They did things you didn’t dare do with people you would never meet in places...

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