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Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26520 posts, RR: 58
Posted (5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 939 times:

Sky News reporting that Rolling Stone Magazine has reported that Lou Reed has died at the age of 71 .

news.sky.com


RIP.

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Rock pioneer Lou Reed dies at 71
Founder member of 1960s avant-garde rock band The Velvet Underground has died, according to reports
Lou Reed, influential rock musician and founder member of The Velvet Underground, has died aged 71, according to reports.
The cause of his death, first reported on rollingstone.com, has not been publicised but he underwent a liver transplant in May.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world...neer-lou-reed-dies-at-71-1.1575049

[Edited 2013-10-27 11:47:06]


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User currently offlineRomeoBravo From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2013, 1115 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (5 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Seems to be a bit up in the air as to whether it is true or not atm.

User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13047 posts, RR: 78
Reply 2, posted (5 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 871 times:

A brilliant, often controversial, songwriter and musician.
While he had little commercial success with The Velvet Underground in the 60's, their influence was massive and the albums did become big sellers, it just took 20 years or so.

As a solo artist, you could not accuse him of repetition, in the early 70's, like Iggy Pop, he relocated to London and rebuilt his career assisted by one of his biggest fans, David Bowie.
'Transformer' was a great success, even singles like 'Walk On The Wild Side' despite references to transvestism, oral sex and drug use, escaped unworldly, cloth eared censors.

'Berlin' was a sort of concept album with typically Reed like frankness.

Another classic from the 70's, 'Take No Prisoners', a live album recorded in Reed's beloved New York, is notable for Reed going off on raging rants between and during some songs.
He was not easy to work with nor interview, grumpy does not come close.

Varying critical and commercial success through the 80's culminated in the hit 'New York' album in 1989, where Reed rediscovered his form and fire.
I saw the Velvets on their 1993 European reunion tour, given the ever fraught relationship between Reed and bandmate John Cale it was never going to last however.

I sort of fell away from Reed in the 1990's, his records got less critical acclaim but his work stands the test of time and always will.
It was said the though a Velvet Underground album might only sell 10,000 over the first few years of their release, everyone who brought them formed a band.

Awkward, problematic, at times self destructive, Reed is still an important figure in the history of popular music.
RIP


User currently offlinescbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12046 posts, RR: 47
Reply 3, posted (5 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 822 times:
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He's walking on the wild side now.   


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User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (5 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 787 times:

I just read this and I'm surprised. I had no idea he was 71 and didn't know about his liver problems.

R.I.P.



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8711 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 781 times:

I've listened to a lot of his stuff from the Velvet Underground to his most recent records, but there was a particular period where he produced a few fantastic records all in a row, New York, Songs For Drella, and Magic & Loss.


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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13047 posts, RR: 78
Reply 6, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 763 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 4):
I just read this and I'm surprised. I had no idea he was 71 and didn't know about his liver problems.

R.I.P.

I knew he was born in 1942 but like you, not about his health issues.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 5):
I've listened to a lot of his stuff from the Velvet Underground to his most recent records, but there was a particular period where he produced a few fantastic records all in a row, New York, Songs For Drella, and Magic & Loss.

Agreed, to produce a triple like that so late into a career said a lot about him.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 7, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 762 times:

Quoting GDB (Reply 6):
I knew he was born in 1942 but like you, not about his health issues.

I'm reading various news stories. Seems like a few other artist closer to him didn't know about it either.

My first time playing on stage in a bar was for a friend's band that needed a bass player at the last minute. One of the songs was 'Heroin' by the Velvet Underground.
He was a huge Lou Reed fan.



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User currently offlinewingman From St. Vincent and the Grenadines, joined May 1999, 2103 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 711 times:

Sad news. I was at the local yesterday catching the game when the news came over the wires. When we got into the cab for the ride home the ancient Russian driving the car had Perfect Day playing.

RIP.

PS: About 4-5 years ago was introduced to a band called Luna (Dean Wareham). This guy's a Kiwi and has had several other bands like Galaxie 500 and Dean & Britta. Anyway, for fans of slower moving "heroin" melodies, great guitar work, and memorable lyrics...this guy is a direct descendant of Lou.


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 687 times:

That was a sad day yesterday, Lou Reed will certainly be missed.

Quoting wingman (Reply 8):
About 4-5 years ago was introduced to a band called Luna (Dean Wareham). This guy's a Kiwi and has had several other bands like Galaxie 500 and Dean & Britta.

Luna and Galaxie 500 are defunct, Dean&Britta are still around but are sadly much more pop-oriented than Wareham's previous bands were.

Quoting wingman (Reply 8):
and memorable lyrics

Wareham's lyrics are mostly laughable to be honest, and the one who shows some excellent guitar work is not so much Dean Wareham but Sean Eden who later joined Luna.

Galaxie trademark song: Tugboat or Temperature's Rising, '4th of July' is not exactly a trademark song but fun to listen to
Luna trademark song: 23 Minutes in Brussels

Or get yourself a copy of the Luna documentary "Tell Me Do You Miss Me"!



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13047 posts, RR: 78
Reply 10, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 663 times:

Some picks of some of Reed's classics, with links;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24704260

A good, well contextualised obit;

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2013/oct/28/lou-reed


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4870 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 644 times:

FWIW, I once rode up an elevator with Lou Reed carrying his laundry, in an apartment on the West Side. I was speechless as my brain went into "We're not worthy" mode.

RIP to The Man. You don't need no obituary, just listen to "Intro: Sweet Jane".


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 12, posted (5 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 639 times:

Quoting comorin (Reply 11):
I once rode up an elevator with Lou Reed carrying his laundry, in an apartment on the West Side.

Now THAT is awesome!  
Quoting comorin (Reply 11):
I was speechless as my brain went into "We're not worthy" mode.

I know the feeling. I once had that feeling when I ran in to John Oates buying bananas at the grocery store.



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User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4870 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (5 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 632 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 12):
Quoting comorin (Reply 11):
I was speechless as my brain went into "We're not worthy" mode.

I know the feeling. I once had that feeling when I ran in to John Oates buying bananas at the grocery store.

Was this in SFO or Philly?

I have run into the following people in NY:

Whoopi Goldberg at the Vinegar Factory (Grocery store): Pleasant and smiling.
Sly Stallone w/ girlfriend at shoe store: He's really SHORT!!
Ashford and Simpson strolling on Park Avenue: no airs, friendly.
Jon Bon Jovi at the Four Seasons Bar. Very friendly and introduced me and my secretary to his friend.
I sat next to Wendie Malick on a United flight from LA, mistook her for Teri Hatcher, and a chill descended.


User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39478 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (5 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 627 times:

From this ABC article.
"The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-2...rocker-lou-reed-dies-at-71/5048712

Truer words can't be said. He was very inspirational. It's funny, I only owned one of his albums and played in my friend's a few times. They were hardcore fans of the Velvet Underground.

Of course this was the only album of his I owned.


Quoting comorin (Reply 13):
Was this in SFO or Philly?

Pasadena, CA.

Quoting comorin (Reply 13):
Sly Stallone w/ girlfriend at shoe store: He's really SHORT!!

I bet he still had the eye of the tiger.   

I ran in to Tracy Chapman and her girlfriend at the grocery store in San Francisco.

Quoting comorin (Reply 13):
Ashford and Simpson strolling on Park Avenue: no airs, friendly.

Nice! I love their music. Sadly we lost Ashford last year.



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