Rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71
The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet.
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Lou Reed, who took rock ‘n’ roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71.
The publicist, Peter Noble, confirmed Reed’s death but released no details. Reed had undergone a liver in May, his wife, the musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson, disclosed over the summer.
Reed was a rock pioneer who went from record label songwriter to a member of the short-lived but innovative and influential Velvet Underground. The band and Reed’s solo work tackled taboo topics like drug addiction, paranoia and sexual in songs that were largely , and often saturated in feedback.
“Lou Reed’s influence is one that there are really only a tiny of other figures who you can compare to him,” said Simon Vozick-Levinson, a senior editor at Rolling Stone.
“He spoke incredibly frankly about the realities of being an artist, being a person who lived life on one’s own terms. He didn’t prettify things. He didn’t things. He showed life as it really is and that’s something that made him a true original, and one of our great all-time artists,” he said.
Reed, violist/keyboard player John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker played their first show as the Velvet Underground in 1965 and soon of pop artist Andy Warhol, who became their manager. Rock mythology has it that even though the group sold few albums, everyone who bought one started a band.
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