Lou Reed, famed Velvet Underground and iconic rock legend died today at 71. In April 2013, he went through a liver transplant. He took to his website to announce that he felt bigger and better than ever. However the sad news came today that the wacky Velvet Underground front man has died. Lou Reed was famous for not only making sweet, liquid sounds with the Velvet Underground but most notably for his hit single "walk on the wild side."
He was more than just a rock star, Lou was a true artist, which was widely apparent through his work. This man lived through addictions, supposed shock treatment and much more. He was a warrior of the New York scene, a fragile soul trapped in a psycho path mind. His foot print on rock music alone will be forever remembered and honored. When I was 12 years old, I put on "Heroin" by The Velvet Underground. That was the first song that actually shook my core, and changed my life. Though I was much too young and poor to ever see him perform, I felt he was a friend, a kin of mine. Most of my adolescence was spent with this music. When I needed a pick up, I listened to "Rock and Roll", when I felt humble I threw on "Sunday Morning" and when I wanted to dance "White Light/White Heat" was my go to song. This man and his crew of lovable misfits provided the sound track of my coming to, my growing up, my soul. Such a man just simply cannot be forgotten. He was a genius in his own right. Now that he is gone, shades of blue are papering many individuals and history itself. One thing is true, he can now truly walk on the wild side, more than he ever imagined in life.
It is said that he never really got to say goodbye to his good friend and post manager Andy Warhol. Let's all hope that wherever Lou is now, he's finally getting to be with Andy, and friend/Velvet Underground drummer Mo Tucker, among other greats that have fallen. One thing is sure for us still here in the living, we lost a great musician, writer, genius and man today. Lest we forget, Lou Reed.