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Monday, 28 October 2013

The legendary Lou Reed died yesterday at 71

Yesterday was a sad day for rock and roll. Lou Reed, founder of the Velvet Underground and influential solo artist, died yesterday of complications from a liver transplant. 


The Velvet Underground forged a path for modern rock in the 1960s, thanks in part to a heavy endorsement from Andy Warhol. Reed left the band in 1970, and went on to release over twenty solo albums, constantly pushing against the expectations of listeners and artistic boundaries. 

Reed underwent liver transplant surgery earlier this year. He is survived by his wife, Laurie Anderson. Rolling Stone broke the news yesterday. 

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Background information
Birth nameLewis Allan Reed
BornMarch 2, 1942
Brooklyn, New York, United States
DiedOctober 27, 2013 (aged 71)
Southampton, New York, United States     
GenresRockexperimental rockart rock,protopunkglam rockavant-garde
OccupationsMusician, singer-songwriter, producer, photographer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, bass, synthesizer, keyboards, piano, harmonica, drums, percussion
Years active1964–2013
LabelsMatadorMGMRCASireReprise,Warner Bros.Pickwick
Associated actsThe Velvet UndergroundJohn Cale,NicoDavid BowieThe KillersMick RonsonLaurie AndersonPeter GabrielMetallica
Notable instruments
Ostrich guitar

Lou Reed's short biography

Lewis Allan "LouReed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American rock musician and songwriter. After being guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades. The Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era – hence Brian Eno's famous quote that while the Velvet Underground's debut album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."
After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. In 1975, Reed released a double album of feedback loops, Metal Machine Music, upon which he later commented, "No one is supposed to be able to do a thing like that and survive." Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar.
in Wikipedia
From The Pitch 

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