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On this day in 1970, Lou Reed performed with The Velvet Underground for the last time at the famed New York club Max’s Kansas City. Reed was a founding member of the band, along with John Cale and Reed’s Syracuse classmate Sterling Morrison. After going through different names like The Primatives, The Warlocks, and The Falling Spikes, and lineup changes, the band landed on The Velvet Underground in 1965. Their 1967 debut album with German singer Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico, is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential albums of rock history.
On August 23rd, 1946 the arguably greatest drummer to ever walk the Earth was born in Wembley, Middlesex, England. Keith Moon of The Who is a legend in many senses, for his antics and addictions, but always first and foremost for his drumming. Moon was a founding member of The Who in 1964, and continued to play with them until his early death in 1978. Also on this day in 1967 at Moon’s 21st birthday party in Flint, Michigan, he drove a Lincoln Continental Limousine into a pool to avoid getting busted by the cops. Such is the life of “Moon the Loon.”
Born on this day in 1978 is Julian Casablancas, singer, songwriter, and frontman for The Strokes. The New York City band is often credited with bringing a breath of fresh rock to the city in the early 2000’s, when it greatly needed it. They released their first album in 2001, Is This It. The debut is regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of all time, as well as the second best album of the decade, according to Rolling Stone, as well as #199 on their list of the greatest albums of all time. Casablancas released his first solo album in 2009, called Phrazes for the Young.