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We bring you another historic, once-in-a-lifetime meeting taking place during the winter of ’94 on that venerable Bottom Line stage. Culled from an evening that also included Suzanne Vega and Victoria Williams, there was perhaps no other pairing more perfectly suited to the In Their Own Words platform than this singular meeting of Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson.

The two songsmiths in question were born and raised in two very different worlds – Lou Reed in the jungles of New York City and Kris Kristofferson in the heart of the Southland. Still, both men demanded total artistic freedom and created raw, brutally honest art that addressed strikingly similar issues of struggles – with loneliness and alienation, addiction and recovery, love and loss, good and evil, vulnerability and hopelessness – painfully aware of contradictions and critical of hypocrisy, painting pictures of characters known or imagined, yet always finding the humanity in our faults and weaknesses during our darkest hours. Through the lens of their music, Lou and Kris view the human condition with a sense of humility and no small amount of humor, which was always close at hand.

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

1 Introduction

2 Vin Scelsa Introduces Lou Reed

3 Betrayed

4 VS Introduces Kris Kristofferson

5 Shipwrecked

6 LR on Songwriting

7 Legendary Hearts

8 KK on His Childhood & Songwriting

9 Sunday Morning Coming Down/The Pilgrim

10 LR on New York

11 Strawman

12 KK talks about “Strawman”

13 Sam’s Song

14 LR on Writing for Wim Wenders

15 Why Can’t I Be Good

16 LR on Autobiographical Songs

 

DISC TWO

1 KK on Nashville

2 Help Me Make It Through The Night

3 LR on Velvet Underground & Warhol

4 Sweet Jane

5 KK on Writing

6 To Beat The Devil

7 LR on Writing Prose

8 Romeo Had Juliet

9 Burden of Freedom

10 KK on “Me and Bobby McGee”

11 Me and Bobby McGee

12 KK on “Bird On A Wire”

13 Bird On A Wire

14 Tracks of My Tears

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DISC ONE

1 Introduction

2 Vin Scelsa Introduces Lou Reed

3 Betrayed

4 VS Introduces Kris Kristofferson

5 Shipwrecked

6 LR on Songwriting

7 Legendary Hearts

8 KK on His Childhood & Songwriting

9 Sunday Morning Coming Down/The Pilgrim

10 LR on New York

11 Strawman

12 KK talks about “Strawman”

13 Sam’s Song

14 LR on Writing for Wim Wenders

15 Why Can’t I Be Good

16 LR on Autobiographical Songs


DISC TWO

1 KK on Nashville

2 Help Me Make It Through The Night

3 LR on Velvet Underground & Warhol

4 Sweet Jane

5 KK on Writing

6 To Beat The Devil

7 LR on Writing Prose

8 Romeo Had Juliet

9 Burden of Freedom

10 KK on “Me and Bobby McGee”

11 Me and Bobby McGee

12 KK on “Bird On A Wire”

13 Bird On A Wire

14 Tracks of My Tears

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