Lou Reed's Song 'Take A Walk On The Wild Side' Is About These Real People

Lou Reed’s Song ‘Take A Walk On The Wild Side’ Is About These Real People

By Brock Swinson | Monday Monday Staff -    2018-05-10    4 min read

Without a doubt, Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground is one of the most important musical figures of the 20th Century. Not only did he help begin punk style, but he also helped with Glam-Rock, Noise Music, and various other ways to completely push boundaries and challenge conventions.

Lou Reed Song | Photo Credit Polyphonic

Because of Lou Reed’s unconventional methods, he never really broke through to the mainstream, but it’s possible future generations will understand his greatness. That said, the one song that did make it’s way up the charts was “Walk On The Wild Side,” which is now considered a rock classic.

But, underneath the song, the lyrics and melody tell the story of some of the most interesting people of Reed’s era. This is their song. All of the people featured in Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” actually come from introductions made by pop culture artist Andy Warhol. 

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Brock Swinson


Brock Swinson is a contributor at MMN, Airows, and Creative Screenwriting Magazine. He is also the author of 'How Hollywood Screenwriters Annihilate Writer's Block,' which includes advice from Aaron Sorkin, William Monahan, and Cary Fukunaga. Get it for free or listen to interviews at the "Creative Principles with Brock Swinson" podcast on the website above.

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