October 27, 2013 - 12:27 PM
He was a musician, artist and writer who worked right up until the end.
Lou Reed has died at the age of 71 according to Rolling Stone magazine.
The reaction on social media has been fast, with a collecitve gasp of sorry.
The last post on Reed's Facebook page and on Twitter read's simply, "The Door," with a picture of a door with a poster of Reed plastered on it and the words, "Pa Pa Loves Baby."
Reed was best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which spanned several decades, according to Wikipeidia. Though the Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, 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.
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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", although he 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.
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In 2008, Reed married performance artist Laurie Anderson.
This is one of the most famous interviews he did after a concert in Australia in the early 70's:
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