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.
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.
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.
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.
How Lou Reed Created One of Rock's Most Hated Albums
Time hasn't healed, salvaged, redeemed or vindicated 'Metal Machine Music' in the decades since its release.
David Bowie Called Lou Reed and Metallica's 'Lulu' a 'Masterpiece'
David Bowie said 'Lulu' was Lou Reed's "masterpiece," according to Laurie Anderson.
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.
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.
Lou Reed and John Cale Honored Andy Warhol on 'Songs for Drella'
Originally conceived as a theater piece, the album is structured like a play.