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Lou Reed

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Brooklyn, New York, USA (1964 – 2013)

Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013) was an American artist originally from Brooklyn, New York, USA. Especially while a member of the The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, Reed broke new ground for the genre in several important dimensions, introducing more mature and intellectual themes to what was then considered a largely simplistic genre of music.

In 1964 Reed moved to New York City and began working as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records. In 1964 he scored a minor hit with the single “The Ostrich”, a parody of popular dance songs of the time, which included lines such as “put your head on the floor and have somebody step on it.”

Reed first found prominence as the guitarist and principal singer-songwriter of The Velvet Underground. The band, which lasted from 1965 until 1973 (with Reed departing in late 1970 after the Loaded sessions), gained relatively little notice during its life but is often considered the seed from which most alternative and underground traditions of rock music sprang. As the Velvet’s songwriter, Reed wrote about such taboo subjects as S&M (Venus in Furs), transvestites and transsexuals (Sister Ray, and Lady Godiva’s Operation), prostitution (There She Goes Again), and drug addiction (I’m Waiting for the Man, White Light/White Heat, Heroin).

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  • epicmeme

    "god hated lulu" wrong, i love lulu

    21 Sep 4:05am Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    I love you man, it's so sad to live in a world without you. Legend.

    19 Sep 5:02pm Reply
  • Premec

    a great personality

    13 Sep 8:42pm Reply
  • ymechaie

    come to brazil!

    13 Sep 7:06pm Reply
  • rhayader18

    Miss you

    13 Sep 6:14pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    I'm okay with Lana del Rey but pls stop citing her stuff here [4]

    11 Sep 8:32am Reply
  • Jezuxx

    Doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo, doo.

    5 Sep 1:48am Reply
  • ttimelady

    I'm okay with Lana del Rey but pls stop citing her stuff here [3]

    29 Aug 11:40pm Reply
  • Keila_M

    Satellite of Love ♥

    13 Aug 4:06am Reply
  • vturi

    I'm okay with Lana del Rey but pls stop citing her stuff here [2]

    10 Aug 3:08am Reply
  • AnnieGrase

    Well, my boyfriend's in the band He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed... [4]

    7 Aug 12:44am Reply
  • uglyfirewizard

    god hated lulu

    1 Aug 5:16pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    I'm okay with Lana del Rey but pls stop citing her stuff here

    31 Jul 4:07pm Reply
  • Estranged_Ann

    how i miss him. how i miss knowing he was around and making music. (2)

    30 Jul 6:50pm Reply
  • Psdenton

    Miss ya, Lou.

    29 Jul 7:10am Reply
  • Nekrovoor

    He was a fine songwriter, no doubt about that, but some of his solo records are just awful. [2] His efforts are hit or miss, mostly miss tho.

    25 Jul 3:38pm Reply
  • MatheusMB

    how i miss him. how i miss knowing he was around and making music.

    5 Jul 8:21am Reply
  • ceniceroheart

    Well, my boyfriend's in the band He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed... [3]

    28 Jun 2:24am Reply
  • isabelhaw

    Well, my boyfriend's in the band He plays guitar while I sing Lou Reed...[2]

    26 Jun 11:38pm Reply
  • Toulorge

    He was a great songwriter, no doubt about that, but some of his solo records are just awful.

    25 Jun 3:09am Reply
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