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Word of Lou Reed’s death spread across the Internet on Sunday. For me, it was Sunday afternoon, so I can’t make this allusion. Nor will I call it a perfect day.
That’s what Lou Reed was to me. From the time his first album came out, he provided not only a soundtrack for my life, but a running commentary. His New York-inflected nasal vocals seemed to perfectly capture my own yearning for something I couldn’t define, but wanted desperately.
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, this made me unusual, especially in Ohio, where I lived. Lou had a hit in the mid-1970s, but there still weren’t a lot of people who would admit to liking him. I can only believe that people bought “Walk on the Wild Side” without acknowledging that they knew it was about drag queens.
He wrote about drag queens, »
- Martha Thomases
In 1972, a couple of years after the Velvet Underground imploded, Lou Reed, struggling to latch onto his identity as a solo artist, kicked off a period of rapid-fire image transformation roughly parallel to the more high-profile one that David Bowie was enacting. For three or four years, Reed tried on his outlaw personas like costumes from hell (Iggy-ish gutter hunk, kohl-eyed leather-bar rock & roll animal, cropped-blond ambisexual mannequin). It was his way of tapping into the liberating boundary-bashing of the post-’60s wasteland. During that period, Reed tried to live up to the ideal of being a “transformer” (the title of his second, »
- Owen Gleiberman
Friends, fans, and fellow musicians are mourning Lou Reed following the influential rocker's death yesterday at age 71 . Rolling Stone and Digital Spy round up the reactions: Flea's simple tribute on Twitter : "I love Lou reed so much. Always." And from The Who : "Rip Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side." On Twitter , the Pixies call Reed "a legend." "Lucky to have shared the stage with you. A moment, a song and a man that I will never forget," writes musician Sharon Jones, tweeting this video of a "Sweet Jane" performance. David Bowie called Reed "a master," and his official »
- Evann Gastaldo
He died Sunday. Although the cause of his death is unclear, Reed underwent a liver transplant in May, reports rollingstone.com.
A massively influential songwriter and guitarist, he helped shape nearly 50 years of rock music.
- Machan Kumar
Not that Lou Reed would have recognized me (though I was introduced to him once, which I'll get to), but he and his body of work intersected my life in more personal ways than that of any other major rock star. So this isn't an obituary so much as a series of memories. For obituaries, check out Gary Graff in Billboard and Jon Dolan in Rolling Stone.
Lou was from Long Island and I was from Long Island. At the most basic level, this meant that, growing up listening to Long Island radio stations, I heard lots of Lou even when he was no longer especially fashionable (between about 1976 and 1981). Thus, while most of the world ignored his 1978 album Street Hassle, I heard much of it on Wlir and Wbab, and bought it – my first Lou album. He had started out underground in the Velvet Underground, had managed to claw »
Legendary rock musician Lou Reed died on Sunday (Oct. 27) at the age of 71, but his influence on the music scene and American culture will live on forever.
The Velvet Underground leader and rock pioneer introduced avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. He also famously collaborated with Andy Warhol, and the band joined Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Reed led Velvet Undergound through four albums and numerous line-up changes, before moving on to lead a successful solo career.
Here are some of Reed's best TV performances:
Filmed for the TV show "ABC In Concert," this intimate, stripped-back, in-studio performance by Reed and an accompanying guitarist is of "Cold Black Sea" from the album "Magic & Loss."
He returned to "Letterman" in 2008 to play "Caroline Says."
Here's a clip from Reed's appearance on "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... »
Lou Reed, who died Sunday at age 71, came to fame as the frontman for the iconic 1960s group The Velvet Underground before embarking on a solo career. Photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2013 With The Velvet Underground -- which started out as the house band for Andy Warhol's mixed-media studio The Factory -- Reed sang and wrote such landmark songs as "Heroin," "Sister Ray," "Sweet Jane," "Rock & Roll," "Venus in Furs," "All Tomorrow's Parties," "What Goes On" and "Lisa Says." After exiting the group in 1970, the acidic Reed perfected his sparse,
- THR Staff
Lou Reed has died at 71, according to a report from Rolling Stone. No cause of death has been released, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. The tremendously influential guitarist, singer, and songwriter, was born in Brooklyn and grew up on Long Island. He founded the Velvet Underground, which served as the house band at Andy Warhol's studio, The Factory. Their debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico was not a commercial success when it was released in 1967, but it was later celebrated as one of the most significant albums of all time. Reed sang and wrote many of the band's biggest songs, including "Heroin," "Sister Ray," "Sweet Jane," "Rock and Roll," "Venus in Furs," "All Tomorrow's Parties," "What Goes On" and "Lisa Says." The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Reed left the band in 1970 and went on »
- Margaret Hartmann
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