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.
Lou Reed's 'New York' Reissue Will Include Unreleased Material
Deluxe edition of 1989 LP features 26 previously unreleased recordings, concert film, hardcover book and more.
Nils Lofgren on New Neil Young and Lou Reed Collaborations
A new solo tour is also on his calendar.
Metallica's Weird Lou Reed Experiment: Rock's Epic Fails
A new video explores how Metallica ended up in a strange collaboration with Lou Reed on 'Lulu.'
How Lou Reed Became a Top 40 Star With ‘Transformer’
If few consider this his masterpiece, it still appears in conversations of the best rock albums ever made.
35 Years Ago: Lou Reed Strips Down and Makes His Best Album in Years, 'The Blue Mask'
Lou Reed's career was in a rut as the '70s turned into the '80s.
5 Years Ago: Lou Reed Joins Metallica on the Violent, Heavily Criticized 'Lulu'
For Metallica, 'Lulu' was a chance to try something new – to wing it with a rock hero. For Lou Reed, however, it was different.
40 Years Ago: Lou Reed Rolls On With 'Rock and Roll Heart'
By the mid-'70s, Lou Reed had been through a lifetime of rock 'n' roll experiences in just a little more than a decade.