“I still remember writing the intro to Sweet Jane sitting on a couch in my living room”: How a session guitar legend resurrected Lou Reed’s career with hard-rock lead heroics – and help from Blood, Sweat & Tears’ Steve Katz

Steve Hunter (left) and Lou Reed perform at Marni in Brussels, Belgium in November 1973
(Image credit: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images)

In 1973, Lou Reed and Steve Hunter certainly must have seemed like an odd musical match.

Though he was indisputably one of glam- and art-rock's godfathers, Reed minced no words about his disdain for many of the artists who followed in his wake. One of these was Alice Cooper, whom (in reference to the original Alice Cooper band) Reed once cited as “the worst, most disgusting aspect of rock music.”

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.