[Vision2020] Lou Reed, legendary rock pioneer, dead at 71

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Sun Oct 27 12:53:36 PDT 2013

Courtesy of the Chicago Tribune at:


Lou Reed, legendary rock pioneer, dead at 71
Lou Reed, whose band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in 1960s' New York through its collaboration with artist Andy Warhol, died on Sunday at age 71, Rolling Stone reported.
The cause of death was not reported, but Reed underwent a liver transplant in May.

Reed's representatives could not immediately be reached to confirm the news.

Online tributes were pouring in on social media after a message sent earlier in the day on Reed's Twitter and Facebook pages read simply "The Door."

The Velvet Underground never achieved much commercial success, but revolutionized rock in the 1960s and 70s with a mixture of thrashing guitar licks and smooth melodies sung by Reed or the sultry German model Nico, who briefly collaborated with the band at Warhol's insistence.

The band has long been recognized as a major musical influence on punk and art rock, as reflected in a quote often attributed to musician Brian Eno that, "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year at the Cleveland Mayo Clinic, his wife, Laurie Anderson, told The Times of London, after he had canceled five California concert dates scheduled in April.

"I am a triumph of modern medicine," Reed posted on his website on June 1, 2013, without directly acknowledging the transplant. "I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."

Some of the Velvet Underground’s best known songs include "Sweet Jane," "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Heroin." Reed’s most recently released recorded work was “Lulu,” a 2011 collaboration with heavy metal act Metallica.


Lou Reed played at the Skyline Stage at Navy Pier in 2003.


"Walk on the Wild Side" by Lou Reed

Rest well, Lou.

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still 
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill 
If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

- John Lennon
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