RIP Lou Reed, 71, October 27th
Lead singer of The Velvet Underground, and influential solo artist Lou Reed has died at age 71.
The man who wrote ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ as well as some of rock ‘n’ rolls most influential records passed away earlier this evening.
The news of death was confirmed on the evening of the 27th by his UK music agent and The Guardian, “Yes I’m afraid it’s true,” Andy Woolliscroft told the Guardian. “I’m very upset.
The cause of death is currently unknown, however, the legendary singer had a liver transplant last May (2013).
An influence of thousands musicians across the world, shaping modern music for nearly 50years, fans, bands and the music press have been rapidly paying their tributes.
Kim Gorden, Sonic Youth: Iggy Pop called it “devastating news”, “So sorry to hear of Lou Reed’s passing this is a huge shock!”
TOY: “Sleep well Lou”
Simon Harper, Clash Magazine: “Lou Reed was vulnerable, dangerous, damaged, beautiful, edgy, cool and brilliant. The world has lost a musical visionary. #RIP”
Tim Burgess: “Just heard about Lou Reed. He was a true uncompromising genius. He leaves behind a legacy and back catalogue like no other.”
Zane Lowe: “Lou Reed, RIP”
Reed made his name with The Velvet Underground, becoming heavily involved with Andy Warhol’s Factory scene in New York. He went onto record a series of solo records, “Transformers” being his most critically acclaimed.
A heavy drinker and drug user for many years, it was widely reported that Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year at Cleveland Mayo Clinic.
Despite the seriousness of his illness, Reed reportedly made a good recovery. He stated on his website, “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry.”
The Velvet Underground & Nico album, released in 1966 has been hailed by many as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll records of all time.
Most recently NME placed “The Velvet Underground & Nico” in 5th place when listing their top 500 greatest albums of all time.
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