Lou Reed, the singer, songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had an impact on generations of rock musicians, and who remained a powerful if polarising force for the rest of his life, died on Sunday at his home in Southampton on Long Island, New York. He was 71.
The cause was liver disease, said Dr Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Reed had liver transplant surgery earlier this year and was being treated again until a few days ago.
“I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song,” Reed once told the journalist Kristine McKenna, “and that you can do serious writing in a rock song if you can somehow do it without losing the beat. The things I’ve written about wouldn’t be considered a big deal if they appeared in a book or movie.” …
— Lou Reed: a life walked on the wild side (2013-Oct-28) [The Age]
The Velvet Underground’s first record sold only 30,000 records during its first five years; the record was far more influential than sales suggested, as Brian Eno commented “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”
And now for some music …
Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
Lou Reed & John Cale – Waiting for the Man
Lou Reed – DÜSSELDORF