31 August 2011 - Short Message

#Music #literature: Lou Reed and Metallica inspired by German writer Frank Wedekind

The title of the collaborative album 'Lulu' (release date is end of Oct/beginning of Nov) is derived from the so called 'Lulu'-plays by the expressionist writer Frank Wedekind (1864 - 1918) whose work was often censored because of homoerotic, sadomasochistic and other sexual intended content. Already Alban Berg was inspired by the plays (published in the early 20th century) for an opera. In April 2011, New York avant-garde musician Lou Reed collaborated with theatre-innovator, director Robert Wilson in Berlin on the 'Lulu'-content. Now, Lou Reed teams up with the hard rock band Metallica (they are celebrating this year 30th anniversary) for a new interpretation of the story about an abused dancer.

"Lulu is the great femme fatale. She was conceived as immoral. Or amoral. Shocking for the bourgeois in those days, which I guess is why it was written. And then I got my paws on it, tried to make sense out of it with my significant other, Laurie Anderson." says Lou Reed about the birth of 'Lulu' on loureedmetallica.com/about.php.

At this time, the titles of four of the ten tracks are published online loureedmetallica.com.

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