Bob Dylan, “I Was Young When I Left Home,” a Minneapolis home recording, Dec. 22, 1961, before the release of his first album.This has got to be the saddest song he ever recorded, and one of his most emotional performances.
This is good. I needed new Francis and the Lights. The last album was ruined for me forever ‘cause I listened to it the entire shitty night I was stuck, hungry and freezing, in the Indiafuckingapolis airport.
Also, he shops at my grocery store, and always dresses like that.
Yet those people existed, a ragtag band of “superstars” and assorted cosmic trash spinning in Andy Warhol’s orbit in the late 1960s. As Mr. Reed himself once said of the era and milieu evoked in “Walk on the Wild Side,” it “was a very funny period with a very funny group of people doing almost the same thing without anyone knowing anybody else.”
One of those strangers was Holly Woodlawn, the drag-queen eminence whose loopy hegira is recounted just after the hypnotic, elastic bass opening lines of Mr. Reed’s song: “Holly came from Miami, F.L.A./Hitchhiked her way across the U.S.A./plucked her eyebrows on the way/Shaved her legs and then he was a she.”
Speaking from her home in West Hollywood last week, Ms. Woodlawn said, “Paul Morrissey made me a star, but Lou Reed made me immortal.”