As it turns out, not only was Reed genuinely interested in [Alice] Bailey’s [Theosophical] work, but the Velvets’ “White Light/White Heat” was inspired by Bailey’s A Treatise on White Magic. That “white light goin’ messin’ up my mind” wasn’t just the rush of speed; Lou was singing about some heavy astral shit! Rock historian Richie Unterberger developed the Reed/Bailey connection while researching his White Light/White Heat: The Velvet Underground Day-by-Day.
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On a related note: On the day of his death, I wrote about my one and only encounter with Lou Reed in a Cryptoscatology post entitled "Lou Reed R.I.P." You can read my previous Lou Reed post by clicking HERE.
The cover of Alice Bailey’s 1934 book.