China Lights a Candle for Lou Reed

China Lights a Candle for Lou Reed

At Real , Chuin-Wei Yap notes trending tributes on Sina Weibo to rock musician Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71.

The appeal in China of “Lao Li” – or “Old Li” in an affectionate abbreviation of Mr. Reed’s phonetically-transcribed full Chinese name Lu Lide – comes from a recognition of the breadth of his achievements both in music and on modern culture. Some bloggers flecked, in veiled references, to Mr. Reed’s historical role in overthrowing : “(Vaclav) Havel’s idol; Andy Warhol’s comrade-in-arms; an influence on Joy Division, U2, Nirvana and others, the father of pioneering ,” one called Left Little Ancestral Curse wrote. Mr. Havel cited Mr. Reed as an inspiration in the -communist revolution in eastern Europe in the 1990s.

Others pointed to the popular 1996 movie Trainspotting, which featured Reed’s classic “Perfect Day.” But some bloggers noted a more direct connection to Chinese culture as well. Mr. Reed was apparently a practitioner of the Chinese martial art taichi, and some Chinese this week posted of him practicing the art during a visit he made to China’s central province of Henan in 2007. [Source]

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