SXSW Keynote: Lou Reed

Lou Reed
The South By Southwest (SXSW) Music Conference and Film Festival are pleased to announce that Lou Reed will be the keynote speaker for 2008. Reed's keynote will be held in conjunction with a screening of Julian Schnabel's film "Lou Reed's 'Berlin,'" which documents a recent performance of the landmark 1973 album. Reed's groundbreaking work with the Velvet Underground and subsequent solo work reverberate through the music world to this day. His music continues to explore themes and sounds in a singular style, staking new territory for rock and roll. Reed will speak at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, March 13 as the kickoff of the twenty-second annual SXSW. SXSW Music Conference events take place March 12 - 16, 2008.

In addition to Lou Reed's keynote, the SXSW Music Conference presents interviews with a number of featured speakers.

Daryl Hall will appear as a featured speaker, as well as perform a SXSW showcase.

Seymour Stein, President of Sire Records, returns to Austin as the subject of a SXSW Interview.

Steve Reich and Thurston Moore are confirmed for a SXSW Interview.

Ticketmaster is the world's largest ticketing company. CEO Sean Moriarty will sit down for a SXSW Interview in March.

Louis Messina, legendary founder of PACE concerts, is one of the chief architects of the modern concert business.

The 2008 South By Southwest Music Conference gets underway on Wednesday, March 12 with a series of 'Music Biz 101' sessions designed to give an overview of topics essential to developing artists and music business professionals. Make plans to attend the following sessions:

The SXSW Music Conference will present four days of panel discussions, interviews, and workshop sessions covering a wide variety of topics, addressing the concerns and interests of musicians, executives and music lovers.

The South By Southwest Music & Media Conference takes place March 12 - 16, 2008 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. Lou Reed's keynote anchors four days of panels, interviews, workshops, peer meetings and the trade show exhibition. Daytime events flow into the world-renowned music festival, which showcases over 1500 acts on stages throughout downtown Austin.

[Published on: 12/21/07]

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WLHart86 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 02:21PM
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I love SXSW, but they need to do a better job letting people know where the shows are at. Almost no one showed up to moe. last year. I walked in 15 minutes late and walked straight to the front row. Although, this is a good chance for people to check out a plethora of great Austin venues. Not quite as good of a festival as ACL but its still a party. (6th street on St. Pattys day is nice.)

curtbraski Fri 12/21/2007 04:12PM
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Nobody showed up to moe. , because it was moe. bro

Chaloupka Fri 12/21/2007 04:50PM
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kirkbrew starstarstarstar Sat 12/22/2007 08:03AM
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Daryl Hall? What is the topic? Schmaltz and cheese???

Reich and Moore would be cool. Oh, and a jam with Reed??? Wonder if you can get all that pretension into a room?

As for moe, I think that people go to SXSW to discover something new, not just se the same-old-same-old (and moe is all that and less).

crescentvale Sat 12/22/2007 02:28PM
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Check out my profile. Add me

manlejo starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/22/2007 06:50PM
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Curt Braski, you've done it again, you son of a gun.

Lou Reed kicks ass. What a great mind. I didn't even realize SXSW had speakers. So, is it lectures or something, I mean, I see the description they provide, but what is it like? Real intimate? Do folks get a chance to interact with these speakers? Would I get to tell Sean Moriarity that I think he's a tool to his face?

peaton Sat 12/22/2007 11:00PM
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listened to rock n roll animal today. What a prime album.

gmoo Mon 12/24/2007 12:45PM
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Only on jambase will you see a bunch of Ratdog lovin' Deadheads hypocritically hate on Moe. for regurgitating 'same old, same old' rock.

mrkrinkle6884 Mon 12/24/2007 05:01PM
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No matter how many times I try, No matter how many diiferent things I listen to. I never could get into The Velvet Underground, even less so Lou Reed's solo career. Anyone suggest anything so that I can maybe "get it" what my friends talk about??

RothburyWithCheese starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/26/2007 09:39AM
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MrKrinkle listen to Velvet Underground and Nico or White Light/White Heat. VU is an amazing band. the most underappreciated band of the 60's.

QuantumTuba Wed 12/26/2007 10:08PM
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Sean Moriarty, CEO of Ticketbastard, will get to explain to us how he helped create a monopolizing, price gouging machine, whose insidious influence infiltrates nearly every cranny of the music industry. He may offer insight as to how his brilliant innovations in "service charges" turned his corporation into little more than a gargantuan, euphemism drenched ticket scalper. I greatly look forward to it!

DaKracken starstarstar Thu 1/3/2008 01:05AM
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MrKrinkle-I would suggest you buy Lou Reed's New York-The first side of that album (remember those) is just phenominal but the entire album was written and recorded to be listened to in one sitting-like reading a book. The Velvet Underground while wildly influential just seems over rated to me eventhough I do enjoy alot of their music. Lou also recorded a live performance of New York with other VU tunes mixed in that is wonderful.Lou Reed is just a treasure-he is funny, articulate and beyond cool but people often overlook what a killer guitarist he can be although his focus is writing good songs instead of noodleing.