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Lou Reed Dead at Age 71

Francesco Marano

by Francesco Marano

Published October 27, 2013

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Velvet Underground guitarist/vocalist and legendary rock and roll trailblazer Lou Reed is dead at age 71. The official cause of death was liver disease.

Reed, along with John Cale, was a founding member of the Velvet Underground, a group widely recognized as the godfathers of punk and alternative rock. With a brand new take musical exploration, Reed consistently pushed the envelope in the Velvet Underground, as well as in his career as a solo artist. Though his commercial success was limited with the Velvets, he found success in his solo career, perhaps best known for the hit "Walk On The Wild Side," a track from 1972's Transformer. He continued to play and create music until the end of his life.

In addition to a massive body of work, Lou Reed leaves behind one of the most important legacies in rock history. His revolutionary, genre-spanning work defined the generations to follow. Songwriting and underground culture would have been left stagnant without the influence of this rock and roll pioneer.

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In 1987, Reed told Rolling Stone:

“All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter. They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”

Rest in peace, Lou.

Source: Rolling Stone

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