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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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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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26 Years Ago: Lou Reed Releases ‘New York’

The singer released one of his strongest albums on Jan. 10, 1989.

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Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett + Lou Reed Elected Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2015

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Stevie Ray Vaughan Beats Out Lou Reed and Joan Jett In ‘Fan’s Ballot’ Vote for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decided its inductions according to fan ballots, Stevie Ray Vaughan would be a shoo-in for 2015.

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Stephen Lovekin / Annamaria DiSanto, Getty Images

Lou Reed and Stevie Ray Vaughan Among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

Lou Reed and Stevie Ray Vaughan are among the nominees announced for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Lou Reed’s Estate Earns $20 Million Since Death

New court documents reveal that Lou Reed's estate has collected more than $20 million since his death.

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