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SD had the pleasure this week of meeting 69year-old knitting artist (yes, knitting artist) Mary Adams, who this weekend in Sydney is exhibiting 50 sweaters she created in honour of one of her music heroes, Lou Reed. Adams’s history with the singer, who died last year, stretches back to the 1970s, when she designed a sweater featuring the cover from his album Transformer. He subsequently ordered from her a batch of 20. For no other reason than that the opportunity will never come up again, here are my top five sweater-related Lou Reed classics. 1. Purl Blue Eyes 2. What Goes On (stretching it a bit, I know) 3. I’m Stitching With You 4. How Do You Think It Feels? 5. You Wear It So Well. ONLY three months have passed since the tragic death of Doc Neeson, the Angels frontman who was such a giant of Australian rock ‘n’ roll for decades. His stature as an Aussie legend doesn’t come across particularly from the band’s current camp, however. Last month a press inquiry landed in the SD inbox concerning final dates for the band’s recent 40th anniversary tour, which featured Neeson’s replacement of recent years, Dave Gleeson, on vocals. It seemed a trifle odd that so soon after his passing there was no mention in the 220-word document of Neeson’s legacy — in fact no mention of him at all, despite him being such an integral part of the band for many of those glory years. This week came the announcement that the Angels, once again with Gleeson at the helm, are planning Australian shows in February with American rockers Cheap Trick, a band with which they toured in Europe and the US in 1980, and across Australia 10 years later. This press release is a much more elaborate affair, stretching to 650 words, most of them in praise of the Angels as they were in their prime, when songs such as Am I Ever Gonna See Your
Face Again and No Secrets helped make them a household name. Neeson doesn’t get mentioned in that one either. Odd, that.
Mary Adams and her Lou Reed knitting creations