Rediscovering Ecstasy: Recording with Lou Reed

Panel Moderated by Richard Barone

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Rough Trade NYC

Doors 6:00pm
On-stage 6:00pm
Free entry

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To celebrate the Record Store Day special 2-vinyl disc set of Lou Reed’s ‘Ecstasy’, the iconic artist’s final solo rock album, Richard Barone will lead the album’s co-producer Hal Willner with three of the musicians who played on the original sessions in a free-form discussion of the creative process. Originally released in 2000 on the Sire label, ‘Ecstasy’ is an intimate concept album about Reed's personal experiences with marriage and relationships. Critic Robert Christgau wrote "If his solo career produced a masterwork on the scale of whatever Velvet Underground album you prefer, this de facto farewell is it." Producer Willner remained Reed’s trusted musical confidante and friend until his passing in 2013. Segments of the album will be played and discussed, and a Q & A with the audience will conclude the event.


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Richard Barone - Photo by Bernadeta Serafin

Richard Barone is an acclaimed recording artist, performer, producer, and author. Since pioneering the indie rock scene in Hoboken, NJ as frontman for The Bongos and then helping to launch the chamber pop movement with his solo debut “cool blue halo”, Barone has produced countless studio recordings and worked with artists in every musical genre. Collaborators have included Tony Visconti, Beach Boy Al Jardine, Sean Lennon, Dion, John Sebastian, Alejandro Escovedo, Donovan, Moby, the late Lou Reed, and American folk icon Pete Seeger. He has scored shows and staged all-star concert events at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and New York’s Central Park. His memoir Frontman: Surviving The Rock Star Myth was published by Hal Leonard Books. His latest album, “Sorrows & Promises”, is a celebration of the early 1960s music scene in Greenwich Village NYC, where Barone lives. He is affiliated with the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University and The New School University of Jazz & Contemporary Music, serves on the Board of Governors of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs), and on the Board of Advisors of Anthology Film Archives.

STEVEN BERNSTEIN, trumpet, horn arrangements



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HAL WILLNER, co-producer

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