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Post by Admin on Sun Oct 27, 2013 7:28 pm

Lou Reed dead at 71
By Todd Martens

October 27, 2013

Lou Reed, anchor of New York rock band the Velvet Underground and widely regarded as one of pop's most influential musicians, has died, the Associated Press reported Sunday. He was 71.

Though a cause of death has not yet been revealed, the Associated Press cited a "liver-related ailment."

After canceling a scheduled appearance at April's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Reed underwent a liver transplant.

In a statement after the surgery, he said he looked "forward to being onstage and performing."

His most recently released recorded album was "Lulu," a 2011 collaboration with heavy metal act Metallica.

Known as much for his acidic personality as his confrontational rock 'n' roll, Reed in 2008 recalled the founding mission statement that would define the Velvet Underground, a group heralded for its tales of urban depravity.

Speaking at the Austin, Texas, music industry conference South by Southwest, Reed said the band was forbidden from playing blues or R&B licks, wanting the act to stand as a direct contrast to much of what was popular in the mid-'60s.

"This is going to be city," Reed said of the Velvet Underground. "This is going to be pure."

Some of the act's best known songs include "Sweet Jane," "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Heroin."

Lou Reed performs during a concert in Valencia. (Jose Jordan / AFP/Getty Images / July 7, 2003)

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Lou Reed | 1942 - 2013

Personal note: This was in the LA Times just now and I felt overwhelming sadness at Lou Reed's passing today. Another amazing and great legend has ascended.

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Post by ijustcan'tstoplovinguMJ on Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:34 pm

i'venever heard of him but thats still sad Sad
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David Bowie leads tributes to 'master' Lou Reed

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Rock legend David Bowie has led the tributes to US singer and former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed, who died on Sunday aged 71.

Bowie's Facebook page said of his "old friend", considered one of the most influential singers and songwriters in rock: "He was a master."

Reed's second solo album Transformer, featuring Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, was co-produced by Bowie.

Reed's literary agent said he died of a "liver-related ailment".

The last tweet posted on his official Twitter account, hours before the news of his death, simply stated: "The Door". The tweet links through to a photograph of a door, with a poster of Reed on it and the words "Papa Loves Baby" scrawled underneath.


Reed's former Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale wrote on his website: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet… I've lost my 'school-yard buddy.'"

Other stars paying tribute included The Who, who tweeted: "RIP Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side." Iggy Pop said it was "devastating news".

An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed had a liver transplant this May after suffering liver failure.

"I am a triumph of modern medicine," Reed posted on his website on 1 June.

But Reed's literary agent Andrew Wylie said the musician, who died at his home in Long Island, New York, on Sunday morning, had not been well "for a few months".

British music journalist Charles Shaar Murray told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that Reed "completely changed the cultural landscape we inhabit".

He said that although Velvet Underground were "spectacularly unsuccessful", The Beatles and Bowie were "huge fans" of Reed, and that he "exercised huge influence on glam rock and punk and everything that grew out of those phenomena".

Mr Murray added that Reed "did not suffer fools... or journalists gladly", adding that "he was not considered a likeable man, except by his closest friends".

He used the "deliberate withholding of charm as a weapon" and "performed to a smallish but loyal audience sufficient in number to sustain a comfortable lifestyle".

Many musicians paid homage to the influence Reed had on their own careers.

Nikki Sixx of heavy metal band Motley Crue tweeted: "RIP Lou Reed. Thank you for your beautiful/dark lyrics/music and stance on life. You inspired me from my teenage years right up till today."

US singer Cyndi Lauper added that she was grateful for "his music and the influence he had on my music".

Tom Morello, of Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, said: "My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Jane's Addiction cover of 'Rock n Roll'. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks."

Reed's individuality was also hailed by Paul Stanley of Kiss, who called him "a musician, artist and trailblazer who played by his own rules".

The Velvet Underground became renowned for their fusion of art and music and for collaborating with Andy Warhol.

However, the band never achieved commercial success during their 1960s existence, but their influence on music in later decades was widely recognised.

The glam, punk and alternative rock movements of the 1970s, 80s and 90s were all indebted to Reed, whose songs were covered by the likes of REM, Bowie, Nirvana, Patti Smith and countless others.

Music producer Brian Eno once summed up their influence by saying: "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

The group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Lou Reed Reed released 20 studio albums as a solo artist
US actress Mia Farrow, whose career also began in the 1960s, simply said: "Deepest Gratitude Lou Reed. Peace. "

British author Salman Rushdie expressed his loss by tweeting: "My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day."

US actress Whoopi Goldberg, paid tribute, saying: "The great & amazing Lou Reed has died my condolences 2 his wife Laurie Anderson. Lou was 1 of a kind & this colored girl still says dededede...".

US actor Samuel L Jackson added: "R.I.P. Lou Reed. Just met at the GQ Awards. The music of my generation. Still Relevant!"

British comic and actor Ricky Gervais described Reed as was "one of the greatest artists of our time", while presenter and broadcaster Jonathan Ross said of the musician: "A great talent, a nice man, a sad day."

After quitting The Velvet Underground in 1970, Reed released his self-titled debut in 1972, but it wasn't until the Bowie-produced LP Transformer later that year that he achieved chart success.

Perfect Day enjoyed a revival in 1996 when it was featured in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, and again a year later when it was re-recorded by a celebrity cast for a BBC charity single.

Ian Broudie from the Lightning Seeds, who sang on the single, told the BBC Reed was able to convey life in New York.

AdvertisementBacking singer Casey Synge describes working with Reed on Walk on the Wild Side

"His lyrics are poetry, really. And he seemed to deal with things that no other writer seemed to really deal with in songs. The Velvet Underground would probably be dealing with drugs, sexuality, everything."

As a solo artist, he released 20 studio albums. His last, Hudson River Wind Meditations, was released in 2007.

Reed is survived by his second wife, the musician and performing artist Laurie Anderson.


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Lou Reed, 71
Lived a rock star life

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He was anything but a normal kid and there was nothing to be done. It was what it was. It should have been no big deal. On television broadcasters aired wholesome family episodes of Leave it to Beaver that glorified a two child fully intact God fearing nuclear family. Instead, in real America, Reed had electrodes put on his head to receive electroconvulsive therapy in 1956 to cure him of his bisexuality—or rather his homosexual feelings. In 1974 he wrote a song called “Kill Your Sons.” He told an interviewer: “The effect is that you lose your memory and become a vegetable. You can't read a book because you get to page 17 and have to go right back to page one again." He attended Syracuse University studying journalism, film directing and creative writing. He soon came to NYC in the mid-1960s and joined in with John Cale and the Velvet Underground sharing vocal duties with Nico.

The artistic scene in New York City was taking place in the Village in lower Manhattan where gays felt somewhat open. Drugs were everywhere and sold on the street. These gave escape from being second class citizens and for a price acted as couriers taking them on a magic carpet ride into another world, numbing the pain. But, still, everyone felt herded into a ghetto just like pre-World War II Germany. Elsewhere people wore suits and ties and went to work from nine to five and never got laid off or suffered from economic or other types of depression. But in the Village his crowd were decadent artists. The trouble is the drug euphoria exacts ever higher tolls because the body’s opiate receptors become insensate to the chemical poisons and the user requires more of the same or different drugs to attain bliss. Reed used heroin with the Underground and later “white lightning” or speed, besides other concoctions.


In April 2013 he underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland, Ohio- a destiny of many rock stars, who have attained second chances. David Crosby of the folk rock band Crosby, Still Nash & Young and Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers are transplant recipients.

“Because when I stick this spike into my vein and then I see all the bodies piled up,” and it kills pain. The question he left us with is what his legacy would have been without. He was 71.

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I wish so bad sometimes I lived in NYC instead of SF ugh


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