This is a very sad post for me to write. Yesterday, at the age of 71, Lou Reed passed away
. Reed was a founder and the lead singer (until about 1971) for the influential band The Velvet Underground. He's been credited with creating a sound that led to the eventual popularity of punk, new wave, and grunge and has often considered to have been ahead of his time. Even after his departure from The Velvet Underground, he continued to create influential recordings and gained one commercial hit with "Walk on the Wild Side."
He also continued to push the boundaries of what was expected from him as an artist; case in point, 2011's Lulu
Reed passed away from liver disease following a liver transplant earlier this year.
Goodbye, Lou Reed, you will be greatly missed!
The Velvet Underground - "Pale Blue Eyes"
Lou Reed - "Heavenly Arms"
Lou Reed & Metallica - "Brandenburg Gate"