RIP: Lou Reed

Musician Lou Reed has died at age 71. Reed, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, shaped modern rock music, influencing punk rock, art and rock & roll.¬† The Velvet Underground were a vital part of Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable (Warhol produced the band’s debut album), and gained a cult following in the 1980s.

Named after a salacious 1960′s book exposing the underground S&M scene, the Velvet Underground’s avant-garde music¬† combining raw energy and desperate themes cemented their mark on 50 years of music.

Reed who suffered from Hepatitis C underwent a liver transplant earlier this year. He was married to musician Laurie Anderson at the time of his death.

Reed’s ambiguous sexual persona and drug use made him a hero to the disaffected, while his musical explorations from the VU to “Transformer” “Metal Machine Music” and “Sally Can’t Dance” showed the range of his musical courage and talent. Reed famously said

My bullshit is worth more than other people’s diamonds.

12 Responses to "RIP: Lou Reed"
cmla | Sunday October 27, 2013 12:17 pm 1

This is terrible news. How did he die?

dakine01 | Sunday October 27, 2013 12:27 pm 2


Talcott | Sunday October 27, 2013 12:43 pm 3


applepie | Sunday October 27, 2013 12:58 pm 4

We should all be thankful that heroin didn’t get him when he was a kid.

RIP Lou, a Wild Child.

dakine01 | Sunday October 27, 2013 02:00 pm 5

Book Salon up with Scott Paul, Harold Meyerson, and Carl Pope’s ReMaking America hosted by Dave Johnson

Lisa Derrick | Sunday October 27, 2013 02:06 pm 6
In response to cmla @ 1

Cause of death undisclosed, but he had a liver transplant earlier this year.

Major surgery can screw a body up, transplants, even more so.

Lisa Derrick | Sunday October 27, 2013 02:34 pm 7
In response to Talcott @ 3

Final tweet from Lou Reed’s twitter, at 3:53am, his time was an image:

Twitter / LouReed: The Door

Elliott | Sunday October 27, 2013 02:43 pm 8
In response to Lisa Derrick @ 7


Elliott | Sunday October 27, 2013 02:44 pm 9

Edgar Allan Poe – Lou Reed

seaglass | Sunday October 27, 2013 03:41 pm 10

He’ll now be “waitin for the man” forever! R.I.P. brother!

Marion in Savannah | Sunday October 27, 2013 05:11 pm 11

“Holly came from Miami, FLA…”

Lou, enjoy your walk on the wild side, and thanks for all the great music.

EarthquakeWeather | Sunday October 27, 2013 11:07 pm 12

The thing I admired about him most, since I was a wee kid and too cool for my school, was his attitude of not wanting to please his audience. Some of his songs were exquisite. Some were unlistenable. Almost all were pretty raw and interesting. He just didn’t care what anyone thought.

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