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Lou Reed

About

Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and poet. He was the guitarist, singer, and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and had a solo career that spanned five decades. Although not commercially successful during its existence, the Velvet Underground became regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of underground and alternative rock music. Reed's distinctive deadpan voice, poetic and transgressive lyrics, and experimental guitar playing were trademarks throughout his long career.

Having played guitar and sung in doo-wop groups in high school, Reed studied poetry at Syracuse University under Delmore Schwartz, and had served as a radio DJ, hosting a late-night avant garde music program while at college. After graduating from Syracuse, he went to work for Pickwick Records in New York City, a low-budget record company that specialized in sound-alike recordings, as a songwriter and session musician. A fellow session player at Pickwick was John Cale; together with Sterling Morrison and Angus MacLise, they would form the Velvet Underground in 1965. After building a reputation on the avant garde music scene, they gained the attention of Andy Warhol, who became the band's manager; they in turn became something of a fixture at The Factory, Warhol's art studio, and served as his "house band" for various projects. The band released their first album, now with drummer Moe Tucker and featuring German singer Nico, in 1967, and parted ways with Warhol shortly thereafter. Following several line-up changes and three more mostly unsuccessful albums, Reed quit the band in 1970.

After leaving the band, Reed would go on to a much more commercially successful solo career, releasing twenty solo studio albums. His second, Transformer (1972), was produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, and brought him mainstream recognition. The album is considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre, anchored by Reed's most successful single, "Walk on the Wild Side". After Transformer, the less commercial but critically acclaimed Berlin peaked at No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Rock 'n' Roll Animal (a live album released in 1974) sold strongly, and Sally Can't Dance (1974) peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200; but for a long period after, Reed's work did not translate into sales, leading him deeper into drug addiction and alcoholism. Reed cleaned up in the early 1980s, and gradually returned to prominence with The Blue Mask (1982) and New Sensations (1984), reaching a critical and commercial career peak with his 1989 album New York.

Reed participated in the re-formation of the Velvet Underground in the 1990s, and made several more albums, including a collaboration album with John Cale titled Songs for Drella which was a tribute to their former mentor Andy Warhol. Magic and Loss (1992) would become Reed's highest-charting album on the UK Albums Chart, peaking at No. 6.

He contributed music to two theatrical interpretations of 19th century writers, one of which he developed into an album titled The Raven. He married his third wife Laurie Anderson in 2008, and recorded the collaboration album Lulu with Metallica. He died in 2013 of liver disease. Reed has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996 and as a solo act in 2015.

Articles

July 19, 2022

Hear Lou Reed’s Primordial, Super-Rare Country-Folk Recording of ‘Heroin’

Artist recorded track two years before Velvet Underground as a demo, which will be coming out officially on a comp this summer

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July 18, 2022

Listen to Lou Reed’s earliest known demo of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin’

It is the latest taste of the forthcoming ‘Words & Music, May 1965’ collection The post Listen to Lou Reed’s earliest known demo of The Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin’ appeared first on NME.

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June 16, 2022

Lou Reed’s Curators Shed New Light on Rock Iconoclast With NYC Exhibit

'Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars' opens up the Velvet Underground legend's archives to the public.

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June 9, 2022

Laurie Anderson says Lou Reed archive won’t be housed in Texas “because of guns”

The exhibit will now take place in New York City from June 9 - March 4 2023 The post Laurie Anderson says Lou Reed archive won’t be housed in Texas “because of guns” appeared first on NME.

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June 6, 2022

Lou Reed Archive Series, With Unreleased Songs, Announced by Light in the Attic

Hear a previously unreleased demo of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” from Words & Music, May 1965—the first offering from the series

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June 6, 2022

This Lou Reed Demo Sat in an Envelope Unopened For Nearly 50 Years

Hear the earliest-known recording of "I'm Waiting For the Man," off the upcoming archive collection Words & Music, May 1965

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June 6, 2022

‘Lou Reed Archive’ Series to Kick Off With Rarities-Packed ‘Words & Music, May 1965’

Collection of 1965 recordings out today (June 6) includes earliest-known recordings of "Heroin," "I'm Waiting For the Man" and "Pale Blue Eyes."

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June 6, 2022

New Lou Reed album to feature never-before-heard material and early versions of iconic songs

The earliest known recording of The Velvet Underground's 'I'm Waiting For The Man' offers a taste of 'Words & Music, May 1965' The post New Lou Reed album to feature never-before-heard material and early versions of iconic songs appeared first on NME.

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March 24, 2022

Unearthed Lou Reed and John Cale ‘Songs For Drella’ concert film coming to streaming

The '90s film sees ex-Velvet Underground members pay tribute to collaborator Andy Warhol The post Unearthed Lou Reed and John Cale ‘Songs For Drella’ concert film coming to streaming appeared first on NME.

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January 13, 2022

Keanu Reeves Reveals His Glum Desert Island Song, Tells Sweet Lou Reed Autograph Story

The 'Matrix Resurrections' star would rock out forever to 'Love Will Tear Us Apart.'

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January 3, 2022

Rare Lou Reed demos released and quickly withdrawn in apparent copyright dump

A 17-track project titled 'I’m So Free: The 1971 RCA Demos' was released over the Christmas period The post Rare Lou Reed demos released and quickly withdrawn in apparent copyright dump appeared first on NME.

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December 22, 2021

Watch Dave Navarro and Anthony Kiedis cover Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’

The two rockers’ first time performing together since Navarro’s departure from Red Hot Chili Peppers The post Watch Dave Navarro and Anthony Kiedis cover Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ appeared first on NME.

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November 19, 2021

Mick Rock, Photographer of David Bowie, Lou Reed & More, Dies at 72

Mick Rock, the aptly-named photographer who snapped the greats of rock music, has died. He was 72.

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November 19, 2021

Mick Rock, Photographer Who Captured 1970s Glam, Has Died

Beyond his creative relationship with David Bowie, he shot Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, and more

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November 19, 2021

Mick Rock, Photographer Behind Iconic Images of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Dead at 72

Known as 'The Man Who Shot the Seventies,' his work captured a range of artists from Blondie to Snoop Dogg

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November 18, 2021

U2’s the Edge Breaks Down 9 ‘Achtung Baby’–Era Rarities

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the landmark LP, the guitarist looks back on tracks that didn't make the album, from Lou Reed and CCR covers to a Clockwork Orange–inspired experiment

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October 19, 2021

Corey Taylor, Billy Idol and more to perform Sex Pistols and Lou Reed albums live for charity

The third instalment of Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison's 'Above Ground' concert series will see 'Never Mind the Bollocks' and 'Transformer' played in full in Los Angeles this December The post Corey Taylor, Billy Idol and more to perform Sex Pistols and Lou Reed albums live for charity appeared first on NME.

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October 12, 2021

‘I Had a Lot of Fun With My Band’: Maureen Tucker on ‘Velvet Underground’ Doc, Lou Reed and Retirement

Our exclusive interview with the legendary VU drummer on the band's legacy and why she's perfectly happy putting down the drumsticks

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April 27, 2021

Songwriter Eric Andersen Crossed Paths With Everyone From Dylan to Warhol. Now, He’s Getting His Due

With the release of a new documentary about his life, the cult-favorite balladeer recalls hanging with Patti Smith, befriending Lou Reed, and almost being managed by the man who gave us the Beatles

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February 13, 2021

How Milford Graves Reawakened the Spirit of the Drum

Late percussionist's radical approach galvanized everyone from Lou Reed to Albert Ayler, and built a bridge between music and the healing arts

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February 10, 2021

Liz Phair pays tribute to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson on new track ‘Hey Lou’

"Hey Lou imagines a day in the life of two music legends" The post Liz Phair pays tribute to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson on new track ‘Hey Lou’ appeared first on NME | Music, Film, TV, Gaming & Pop Culture News.

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February 10, 2021

Liz Phair Remembers Music’s Quirkiest Couple With ‘Hey Lou’: Watch

Produced by longtime collaborator Brad Wood, “Hey Lou” is a nod to the late Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed and his union with the experimental music hero Laurie Anderson.

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February 10, 2021

Liz Phair Shares Video for New Song “Hey Lou”: Watch

Starring puppet versions of Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson

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January 11, 2021

Lou Reed Keyboardist Michael Fonfara Dies at 74

Longtime Lou Reed keyboardist Michael Fonfara died in a Toronto hospital on Friday (Jan. 8) at age 74 following a two-year battle with cancer.

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September 26, 2020

Lou Reed: New York: Deluxe Edition

A new reissue highlights the ongoing relevance of Lou Reed’s opus about his hometown in the era of AIDS and Reaganism, a protest album unlike any other

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Discs

Heroin - May 1965 Demo

July 18, 2022

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I'm Waiting for the Man (May 1965 Demo)

June 6, 2022

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Live At Alice Tully Hall (January 27, 1973 - 2nd Show)

September 24, 2021

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New York (Deluxe Edition)

September 25, 2020

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Perfect Day (Live)

May 28, 2019

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Sunday Morning ( Pt.2 )

October 10, 2018

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Sunday Morning ( Pt.1 )

October 10, 2018

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Lulu

November 1, 2011

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American Poet

May 31, 2010

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Berlin (Live at St. Ann's Warehouse)

November 4, 2008

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Inspired By the Film Nanking

December 18, 2007

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Sweet Jane (Live in Los Angeles, 2003)

April 13, 2004

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Animal Serenade

March 22, 2004

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The Raven (Expanded Edition)

January 1, 2003

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The Raven

January 1, 2003

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Ecstasy

January 1, 2000

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Perfect Night Live in London

April 17, 1998

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Set the Twilight Reeling

February 16, 1996

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Magic and Loss

January 1, 1992

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Songs For Drella

April 11, 1990

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New York

January 10, 1989

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Mistrial

June 26, 1986

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New Sensations

April 1, 1984

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Live In Italy

January 1, 1984

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Legendary Hearts

March 1, 1983

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The Blue Mask

February 23, 1982

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Growing Up In Public

April 1, 1980

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The Bells

April 1, 1979

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Take No Prisoners - Live

November 1, 1978

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Street Hassle

February 1, 1978

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Rock And Roll Heart

October 1, 1976

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Coney Island Baby

January 19, 1976

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Metal Machine Music

July 1, 1975

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Lou Reed Live

March 1, 1975

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1969: Velvet Underground Live with Lou Reed Vol. 1

September 1, 1974

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Sally Can't Dance

August 1, 1974

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Rock 'n' Roll Animal (Live)

February 1, 1974

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Berlin

July 1, 1973

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Transformer

December 1, 1972

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Lou Reed

June 1, 1972

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