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Lou Reed got his start in the ‘60s fronting the Velvet Underground, the influential noise-rock band that was a commercial bomb but has since become one of rock’s most important groups. After making four terrific albums with the band, Reed launched a solo career in the ‘70s that yielded two classics: 1972’s ‘Transformer’ (produced by pal David Bowie) and the following year’s ‘Berlin,’ a difficult but rewarding song cycle – a pattern Reed would follow over the years. He hasn’t always made the most listener-friendly music (despite scoring a Top 20 hit with ‘Walk on the Wild Side’ in 1972), angering and frustrating fans along the way: 1975’s ‘Metal Machine Music’ is often named one of the worst records ever made by a major artist, and Reed’s 2011 collaboration with Metallica, ‘Lulu,’ didn’t fare much better. But few artists have explored the sonic and lyrical territories Reed has braved for almost 50 years.

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Larry Busacca / Bryan Bedder, Getty Images

Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed Reissues Announced

Selections from Peter Gabriel and Lou Reed's distinguished catalogs will receive the reissue treatment later this year.

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Lou Reed vs. James Hetfield: March Mullet Madness

Long before they collaborated on Lulu, Lou Reed and Metallica frontman James Hetfield had something else in common.

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YouTube / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Holly Woodlawn, Inspiration for Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side,’ Dies

Holly Woodlawn, the flamboyant figure mentioned by name in Lou Reed's best-known solo hit, was battling cancer.

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Lou Reed Biography Author Promises ‘Nuanced Portrait’

Author Howard Sounes didn't shy away from the more unpleasant aspects of Lou Reed's life while writing his biography of the former Velvet Underground frontman.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images

40 Years Ago: Lou Reed Releases One of Rock’s Most Hated Albums, ‘Metal Machine Music’

Lou Reed's relationship with the rock 'n' roll press was never an easy one. After the release of Metal Machine Music in July 1975, it was much, much worse.

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David Bowie Called Lou Reed and Metallica’s ‘Lulu’ a ‘Masterpiece’

David Bowie said 'Lulu' was Lou Reed's "masterpiece," according to Laurie Anderson.

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Dimitrios Kambouris / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Patti Smith Inducts Lou Reed Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Patti Smith inducted the late Lou Reed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the induction ceremony in Cleveland tonight.

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Twitter @BettyeKronstad2 / Hulton Archive, Getty Images

Lou Reed’s Ex-Wife Looks Back on Their Relationship

Lou Reed never seemed all that fond of talking about himself in interviews — or of giving interviews in general — so fans may find a refreshing glimpse of candor in the memories shared by his ex-wife Bettye Kronstad.

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25 Years Ago: Lou Reed and John Cale Pay Tribute to Andy Warhol on ‘Songs for Drella’

The two creative forces in the Velvet Underground released an homage to their late mentor, 'Songs for Drella,' on April 11, 1990.

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Hulton Archive / Theo Wargo / Central Press, Getty Images

Lou Reed Slams the Beatles and Doors in New Video

Even though Lou Reed died in October 2013, the highly opinionated artist is still making waves with his comments.

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