Lou Reed Passes Away at 71
Whether you realize it or not, Lou Reed has been one of rock’s most influential songwriters, in spite of the fact he had only one true hit on the charts.
From his work with the Velvet Underground to decades of solo music, Reed essentially revolutionized rock – and likely pop – lyrics. Rather than be evasive, he wrote frankly of drugs and sex, with tracks like “Venus in Furs” and “Heroin.”
After months of poor health and a recent liver transplant, Reed passed away on October 27 in Southampton, N.Y.
Since that point, artists and other stars have paid tribute to the late singer, including former Velvet Underground bandmember John Cale, who released the following statement:
"The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way -- losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill ... broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories -- we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us."
Reed’s music considerably influenced not only his avant garde contemporaries in New York City in the ‘70s but could be further felt through alternative music in the ‘80s and ‘90s, including Nirvana and Patti Smith.
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