Lou Reed, the Ultimate counter-Jew

Noah Efron bought the 'Walk on the Wild Side' 45 with his bar mitzvah money. Decades later, he pays tribute to the Jew who broke all the rules.

I had two Jewish educations, one undertaken by rabbis, the other by Lou Reed. “Walk on the Wild Side” came out two weeks before my bar mitzvah, and I bought the 45 with cash my parents let me skim from my gift money before it was deposited “for the future.” I put the record on repeat, and played it over and over enough that, forty years later, the lyrics still come easily.