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Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:45 pm

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

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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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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Sun Oct 27, 2013 6:53 pm

Seems to be a bit up in the air as to whether it is true or not atm.
 
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Sun Oct 27, 2013 8:19 pm

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.
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Sun Oct 27, 2013 10:33 pm

He's walking on the wild side now.   
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:43 am

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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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:27 am

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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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:07 am

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.
 
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:17 am

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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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:16 pm

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.
 
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:12 pm

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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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:50 pm

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
 
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:35 am

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".
 
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:00 am

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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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:28 am

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.
 
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RE: Lou Reed Rock Pioneer Dead At The Age Of 71

Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:50 am

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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