Since legendary rock and roller Lou Reed died of liver disease, there have been outpourings of emotional tributes and remembrances to the man across the internet. We've seen his last live performance and the last photo session he did—and below, you can watch the last interview with Reed, which occurred on September 21st. "Sound is more than just noise. Ordered sound is music," he said. "My life is music."
Reed sat down with director Farida Khelfa as part of a photo shoot for headphone company Parrot Zik (for whom Reed had lent his sonic expertise). Reed looks tired (and his eyes look particularly yellowed), but he is just as witty and vivid as you'd hope, discussing various sound techniques, and what sound means to him: "I am very emotionally affected by sound. Sounds are the inexplicable...There is a sound you hear in your head, it's your nerves, or your blood running. It's kind of amazing to hear that."
When asked if his father bought him his first guitar, Reed responds, "My father didn't give me shit." He also (sarcastically) mentions that he slept with his guitar and amp, that he was horrified by the sound on CDs, and that he believes the first memory of sound "would have to be your mother's heartbeat, for all of us."
And when asked why he became a musician, he put it beautifully: “You do what you love… or you get arrested."