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 and the Velvet Underground Albums Ranked Worst to Best
He's made some of the most influential music ever. He's also made some of the most reviled.
Metallica's 'Lulu' Was Victim of Fan Ignorance, Says Lars Ulrich
Drummer argues that 2011 collaboration with Lou Reed has "aged extremely well."
Reissue Roundup: Summer Sets From Blondie, Lou Reed and More
Box sets, expanded albums and previously unreleased recordings highlight the past months' best archival releases.
Listen to Unheard Demo of Lou Reed's 'Men of Good Fortune'
Track will be included on upcoming archival album, 'Words & Music, May 1965.'
25 Years Ago: David Bowie Shares 50th Birthday Stage With Friends
An all-star cast of rockers helped the Starman ring in his 50th birthday in 1997.
When Kiss and Lou Reed Created 'A World Without Heroes'
Bob Ezrin recalls how 'Music From 'The Elder'''s lone highlight came together.
New Super Bowl Commercial Takes a Walk on Lou Reed's 'Wild Side'
Herbie Flowers' famous bass line is featured in a Michelob Ultra ad.
Michael Fonfara, Keyboardist for Lou Reed, Dead at 74
Musician also worked with Foreigner, the Everly Brothers and Canadian blues outfit Downchild.