Lou Reed died today at 71. Reed's a man who is a legend in rock with a voice that’s as interesting today as it was 50 years ago when he first burst onto the rock scene. The cause of Reed’s death has not been released, but he did get a liver transplant back in May, according to Rolling Stone on Oct. 27.
Reed was a famed singer, songwriter and guitarist with the New York City band, The Velvet Underground. He was also an iconic solo performer. Despite modest record sales, he became a "fixture" of the rock and roll era out of the sixties, moving into the seventies and beyond. His band the Velvet Underground was entered in to the Rock Hall of Fame in 1996.
Songs like “Sweet Jane” and “Sunday Morning” were hits from his group. "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" is probably one of the songs that Reed is most remembered for. You can see the music video of that song in the video to the above right of this article.
Reed’s Twitter page had 42,000 followers and his last post was this morning, right before he died apparently. The tweet can be seen here on Lou Reed’s Twitter page.
Rolling Stone describes Reeds music as:
“Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry.”
They continue with:
As a restlessly inventive solo artist, from the Seventies into the 2010s, he was chameleonic, thorny and unpredictable, challenging his fans at every turn. Glam, punk and alternative rock are all unthinkable without his revelatory example.”
Who better to convey what Lou Reed meant to the generations than the Rolling Stone Magazine folks. They've covered his life and music for decades.