ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE presents
LOU REED / JOHN CALE
SONGS FOR DRELLA: A FICTION (1990)

DIRECTED BY EDWARD LACHMAN

STREAMING FREE | NOV 13 7:30pm EDT – NOV 19 11:59pm EDT


Cale and Reed are “Masters of making simplicity eloquent.”THE NEW YORK TIMES

A “shining, tense merger of visions…both immediate and mythic.”ROLLING STONE

In 1989, John Cale and Lou Reed reunited for the first time in years to pay tribute to Andy Warhol, their longtime friend, and collaborator. The result was Songs for Drella, a song cycle recounting the pop artist’s life. The title borrows John and Lou’s affectionate nickname for Warhol — a combination of Dracula and Cinderella. The performance contains all the passion that had brought the two together and driven them apart in their notorious split from the Velvet Underground nearly two decades before. The arresting cinematic document of this landmark musical event was shot by Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Ed Lachman (Carol, Velvet Goldmine). It captures the Cale/Reed connection — and their connection to Warhol — at close range. Songs for Drella now returns at a time when it can once again offer healing and inventiveness in the face of grief.

Songs for Drella was co-commissioned in 1989 by BAM and Arts at St. Ann’s, as the organization was then known, and premiered at its original home in St. Ann’s Church in Brooklyn Heights. It was performed and filmed later that year at the BAM Opera House as part of the Next Wave Festival. Inspired, drummer Moe Tucker and guitarist Sterling Morrison joined Lou and John for a European Velvet Underground Reunion tour in 1993. The film was produced by Channel 4 Television Corporation | Sire Records Group


 


READ MORE: Songs for Drella
Songs for Drella, A Tribute to Warhol
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Recalling A Pop Artist And a Friend
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Lou Reed and John Cale’s ‘Songs For Drella’: Art’s beating heart
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

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