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Lou Reed

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.

25 Years Ago: Lou Reed Releases ‘New York’

Lou Reed Karl Walter

Lou Reed spent his entire career chronicling the grittier aspects of life in New York City. On Jan. 10, 1989, he released his definitive take on his hometown, the simply titled 'New York.’

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Lou Reed vs. Peter Frampton – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

Peter Frampton and Lou Reed

In the latest January 2014 Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame first-round challenge, we're lining up a powerhouse guitarist and former teen idol against one of rock's most unyielding iconoclasts. It's Peter Frampton versus Lou Reed -- who gets your vote?

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Lou Reed Willed His Estate to His Wife and Sister

Lou Reed
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Lou Reed is gone, but his legacy lives on -- and the wealth his music generated during his lifetime will now be used to care for the loved ones he left behind.

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Lou Reed Tribute Shirt Intentionally Features Wrong Rock Star

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Etsy

A T-shirt for sale online that pays tribute to the recently departed Lou Reed is grabbing a whole lotta attention for the wrong reasons. It's not the legendary Velvet Underground frontman's photo that's sandwiched between the words "Lou Reed" and "1942-2013."

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Laurie Anderson Pens Obituary for Lou Reed

Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed
Brendon Thorne, Getty Images

The sad news of Lou Reed's passing has prompted dozens of tributes and remembrances, but it's hard to imagine his death affecting anyone as deeply as his wife, Laurie Anderson.

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Lars Ulrich on Lou Reed: ‘Metallica Gave Him Strength’

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Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

In the days following Lou Reed's death, seemingly everyone who's ever heard a Velvet Underground record paid tribute to the rock legend. But the band whose name shared the cover of Reed's final recording was noticeably absent. 

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Lou Reed Album Sales Skyrocket

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Lou Reed

If you've been listening to a lot more Lou Reed since hearing of the rock legend's death, you're not alone. Album sales from Reed and the Velvet Underground's catalog have spiked since he passed away on Oct. 27.

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Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys Pay Live Tribute to Lou Reed

Pearl Jam Gareth Cattermole

It’s often been said that Lou Reed’s influence was exceedingly disproportionate to his sales figures. That statement is proven by three of today’s biggest bands, which have performed his songs in the days following his death on Oct. 27.

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Former Velvet Underground Drummer Moe Tucker Pays Tribute to Lou Reed

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

When a famous person dies, too often the tributes from colleagues past and present read like canned statements, with little insight into the deceased’s life or character. However, Moe Tucker, former drummer for the Velvet Underground, went into considerable detail about Lou Reed, who passed away on Oct. 27.

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Lou Reed’s Cause of Death Confirmed

Lou Reed

There is now a confirmation of the cause of Lou Reed’s death. It has been revealed that the Velvet Underground and solo star died at his home on Long Island yesterday (Oct. 27) of an ailment that stemmed from his recent liver transplant.

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