Lou Reed dies at age 71
Lou Reed died today. He was 71, but might as well been 171 for all the influence he had on the music I loved. The cause of death hasn't been released, but Rolling Stone reports he recently had a liver transplant.
He had two brilliant albums in the '80s (Blue Mask and New York) and one a little too commercial probably even for Lou (1984's New Sensations). But it was his work with The Velvet Underground that fueled the passion of every music fan I knew during that decade. Every band worth its salt could cover any tune from VU's 1967 debut album. (My band, Epic Trash, played two: Heroin and Femme Fatal, and our first "tape" was titled All Tomorrow's Parties. I still have a copy of the tape ... and the VU disc about three feet from me.)
Read Rolling Stone's obit if you want more professional thoughts on Lou and his music. Or listen to the man's own words.
"All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter," Lou toldthe magazine in 1987. "They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel."