Rolling Stone reports that one of the most influential musicians in the world, Lou Reed, has died at the age of 71. The cause of death has not yet been determined, but is speculated to have something to do with his liver, considering the transplant back in May of 2013.
He started his career with The Velvet Underground, one of the most famous 60’s groups, making classic albums millions cherish, such as The Velvet Underground and Nico and White Light / White Heat. The band paved roads for many experimental, noisy, or even avant-garde bands for years to come. Surely, if you’ve never taken either of these beauties for a spin, you absolutely should.
Here’s the immortal “Heroin”:
Reed went solo and continued to explore many areas of music, often infamously, with Metal Machine Music and the ambitious Berlin. Many call the latter his solo masterpiece. His (arguably) most famous solo album is Transformer, which features “Satellite Of Love” and his most famous hit, “Walk On The Wild Side.”
Reed expanded his career deep into his life, releasing a thrilling Edgar Allan Poe tribute, The Raven, with Willem Dafoe reading the title track. His last full album was the collaboration with Metallica, dubbed by many as a terrible album. His last feature was with Metric on their latest Synthetica – “The Wanderlust.” The last time Lou captured our attention is when he spoke about Kanye West’s Yeezus, praising it immensely.
Lou Reed was a visionary, even from his early days. Credited with writing some of the most inventive rock music in the 60’s, he pushed the medium to new territory and deserves all of the credit ever given to him. Reed was a master of tone and he was a hugely impressive lyricist. No one needs to check these facts – they are practically law. Lou Reed, you will be sorely missed, but never forgotten.