The song, “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore”, was recorded live at New York City’s The Gymnasium on April 30, 1967, when Lou Reed was just 25. Although a recording of the live show surfaced in bootleg form a few years ago, next month’s release by Universal Music of the box set White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition will mark the first time the composition has seen the official light of day.
For its coverage this week, Dangerous Minds excerpts a remembrance of The Gymnasium, a former Czechoslovakian health and social club, from Blondie member Chris Stein. As a teenager, Stein saw the Velvet Underground live there.
The site also quotes from a recent Rolling Stone interview with Thurston Moore, who remembered this song:
“I was at South by Southwest in 2008, playing at a Lou Reed appreciation concert. I’d just heard “I’m Not a Young Man Anymore,” which had just surfaced on a Velvet Underground bootleg. It was this powerful song I’d never heard before.”
“Before we went on, I was talking to Lou and told him about it and he said, “How the hell do you know about that song?” I said, “It just surfaced on a bootleg on the Internet.” I said I thought it would be a good song to play since I just turned 50. And when I said that, he looked at me, half smiled and embraced me. It was wonderful and completely unexpected.”
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