Lou Reed Passes Away at 71
2013-10-27 by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF | 118 Comments

Lou Reed, one of the most innovative and celebrated musicians in the history of rock music, died this sunday from what has only been described as a "liver-related ailment." He was 71. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Lou Reed had received a liver transplant earlier this year after experiencing chronic liver failure. It's no secret that the legendary musician has battled addictions to alcohol and drugs throughout his career, and though he has been sober for decades, the aftermath of those past addictions still managed to be a burden on his health even in recent years.

While Lou Reed is perhaps most famous for his role in The Velvet Underground's first four albums, he's also had a very prolific solo career spanning 39 years. Going on to release rock classics like Transformer and Berlin, as well as continuing to explore his interests in experimental music in albums like ‪Metal Machine Music‬.

Now, speaking as a longtime fan, I have always admired Lou Reed's music particularly for his lyrical depiction of the darkness in modern society. He was so conscious about it all, and so relentlessly descriptive whenever he discussed about things like drug usage, promiscuity, and depression. The first song I ever heard by him was, perhaps like many, The Velvet Underground's classic, "Heroin." That song was always so otherworldly to me, and not because of its noisey abrasiveness, but because he was able to write a song about a guy shooting up heroin and his thought process about it all, and make it sound so beautiful in the end. It's an unforgettable experience to listen to that song, the way it evolves in mood and sound so erratically. He was a genius, plain and simple. He will be missed by us all.

For further reading you can check out The Huffington's article and their brief summary of Lou Reed's professional career:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/27/lou-reed-dead_n_4167976.html

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2013

4408 Comments


I know that some of the users already made lists as a tribute to Lou Reed, but I felt a news article would be an appropriate addition as well.Also, like in my Ray ‪Manzarek‬ article, I was thinking that as a tribute to Lou Reed we could post youtube links of our favourite songs by him in the comments sections.


"I'm Waiting For The Man"

youtube.com/watch?v=MOmZimH00oo


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Gard3n
October 27th 2013

282 Comments


Not cool... not one bit...

SnakeDelilah
October 27th 2013

6558 Comments


inb4 yay no more metallica collabs

/sputnik





RIP

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LilLioness
October 27th 2013

2496 Comments


:-( That poopy album with Metallica was the last thing he did (unless you count his guest vocals on
Metric's album last year).

ZippaThaRippa
October 27th 2013

2416 Comments


Alluding to a tasteless joke that hasn't been made yet is still tasteless

Pheromone
October 27th 2013

3466 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEC4TZsy-Y

"perfect day"

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2013

50062 Comments


71 is not bad for what he did to his body, but it still seems too young, RIP hard

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2013

3365 Comments


This sucks, RIP. He seemed a lot better in the past few months and wanted to work on a new record as far as I know. I am not Reed's biggest fan, but he influenced a lot of bands and genres.

Here's one of the tracks I like most. "Vicious" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sM9JG-oQm1Y

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Rowan5215
October 27th 2013

25405 Comments


RIP

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Green Baron
October 27th 2013

19512 Comments


RIP

Digging: Royal Blood - Royal Blood

Mabbitt
October 27th 2013

1350 Comments


So glad that somebody else posted an article. Mine sucked haha

Anyways, RIP.

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rockandmetaljunkie
October 27th 2013

3302 Comments


I'm a big fan of his work with Velvet Underground. I actually believe that his days with the band were the very best of his career. Afterwards, he went solo, which I believe is very mediocre.
Anyways....

RIP

Green Baron
October 27th 2013

19512 Comments


solo was not mediocre

he had transformer

Sanders
October 27th 2013

2345 Comments


RIP

Skoj
October 27th 2013

1114 Comments


RIP

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rockandmetaljunkie
October 27th 2013

3302 Comments


Here's my favorite VU track: Heroin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffr0opfm6I4

iwasnvrurbf
October 27th 2013

626 Comments


RIP

Gwyn.
October 27th 2013

15007 Comments


"inb4 yay no more metallica collabs

/sputnik"

I'm a little ashamed at how much this made me laugh

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rockandmetaljunkie
October 27th 2013

3302 Comments


"solo was not mediocre
he had transformer"

Ok, so lets say one or two classic albums and about 15-16 mediocre albums. Is that a good analogy for a superb solo career ?

KILL
October 27th 2013

71372 Comments


thats all u know andy

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FadedSun
October 27th 2013

1259 Comments


I actually never listened to Velvet Underground.

Jethro42
October 27th 2013

12391 Comments


RIP

KILL
October 27th 2013

71372 Comments


neithers andcas its ok

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


Lulu Reed

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


@FadedSun listen to Squeeze best TVU album by far :D

evilford
October 27th 2013

22296 Comments


RIP

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KILL
October 27th 2013

71372 Comments


dude andcas youve heard velvet revolver it aint the same band!

check the first 4 velvet underground records they rock

check the wipers too

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2013

7325 Comments


Genuinely devastated. The man was one of my heroes. I'm pretty sure no musician has been more influential to the music I listen to. RIP.

KILL
October 27th 2013

71372 Comments


the rage song? dude that song rocks i got the whole album hell yea

do you dig mission of burma?

larrytheslug
October 27th 2013

1315 Comments


absolute legend. r.i.p.

Tyrael
October 27th 2013

20823 Comments


KILL, a bit of respect please

RIP

Parallels
October 27th 2013

6641 Comments


RIP the table

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


Respect? From KILL? Good luck with that

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


if you say so

KILL
October 27th 2013

71372 Comments


walk on home boy

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


sure kill, sure

larrytheslug
October 27th 2013

1315 Comments


if you're whining about lulu, you probably aren't a fan of lou reed in the first place.

CrazyFool84
October 27th 2013

1080 Comments


I tried to get into him and Velvet Underground for a while, never really saw the draw though my brother would argue that for hours. That said, any fan of classic rock has heard one of his songs on the radio, and his influence on rock music is undeniable, so Rock in Peace, Lou.

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


Everybody has bad albums, but the fact that Lulu was his last kinda ends his career in a sour note

sapient
October 27th 2013

1940 Comments


RIP

joesmoe4000
October 27th 2013

369 Comments


hearing this sucks the world just lost one of it's last true artist! R.I.P. Lou you are Loved & will
be missed!

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Hoppoman
October 27th 2013

634 Comments


RIP

avonbarksdale221
October 27th 2013

8212 Comments


RIP

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
October 27th 2013

7325 Comments


It fucking sickens me that people are whining about Lulu. Yeah it was bad but artists who push the
envelope like Lou Reed are bound to have one or two stinkers. If you think Lulu's dreadful, try
listening to Metal Machine Music - making it through that is the ultimate tribute. However, to suggest
these duds have stained him and his legacy shows complete ignorance to the impact he's had on music.

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


I've only made it through 15 mins of MMM

FourthReich
October 27th 2013

17421 Comments


he had a great life

oltnabrick
October 27th 2013

30606 Comments


R I P

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Jellingman
October 27th 2013

357 Comments


Big ripped R.I.P.

Can't deny his impact

Havey
October 27th 2013

9649 Comments


look retards if lulu is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name lou reed then you probably shouldn't be on a music site

RIP

Sleaper
October 27th 2013

3363 Comments


Lou actually changed my life.
R.I.P. you mad dog, the king of new york city

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Relinquished
October 27th 2013

24915 Comments


123 havey

Progger6009
October 27th 2013

1082 Comments


RIP to a legend.

someguest
October 27th 2013

20393 Comments


Goodbye my musical friend.

beefshoes
October 27th 2013

3518 Comments


Lou would hate all of these RIPs.
Huge inspiration and The Velvet Underground's influence in Rock will always live on.

MUNGOLOID
October 27th 2013

4290 Comments


first marcia wallace, now this. shitty weekend.

spartanawasp
October 27th 2013

303 Comments


Ugh, I had forgotten about Marcia Wallace momentarily.

...fuck...

Spag
October 27th 2013

1735 Comments


darn it I wanted LuLu 2.0

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Midjicka
October 27th 2013

230 Comments


never got around to listen to Velvet Underground or his solo work. now is as good a time as any. rip.

SmersH
October 27th 2013

404 Comments


goddamn, RIP. jammin' Berlin all night...

Chrisjon89
October 27th 2013

3504 Comments


RIP. spinning Transformer and some VU albums today

dimsim3478
October 27th 2013

4882 Comments


FUCK rip

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2013

5998 Comments


RIP

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LifeAsAChipmunk
October 27th 2013

4854 Comments


so many people I know don't know who he is

Scoot
October 27th 2013

17726 Comments


i blame metallica for lulu

rip hard


RFO13
October 27th 2013

71 Comments


Linger on Lou

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcDuR9BF0Oc

"Pale Blue Eyes"

Wizard
October 27th 2013

19329 Comments


Thank god he finished his career in style with Metallica....

It fucking sickens me that people are whining about Lulu. Yeah it was bad but artists who push the envelope like Lou Reed are bound to have one or two stinkers. If you think Lulu's dreadful, try listening to Metal Machine Music - making it through that is the ultimate tribute. However, to suggest these duds have stained him and his legacy shows complete ignorance to the impact he's had on music.

We just all collectively agree that it was an abomination of a musical endeavour and hence why we whine about it. No one is saying that it ruined his career or whatever exaggeration you're trying to place on us.



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MO
October 27th 2013

18497 Comments


rip

tom79
October 27th 2013

3365 Comments


RIP Lou. Was watching the movie "Blue in the Face" not too long ago and he was hilarious in it, in
subtle, off-beat kind of way. Gonna have to go back and listen to TVU and Transformer again.

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sonictheplumber
October 27th 2013

4359 Comments


kill's comments make the thread lol

rip fuck andcas

FearThyEvil
October 27th 2013

12480 Comments


R.I.P.

Underflow
October 27th 2013

2554 Comments


I was never much of a fan, but I've always respected him for overcoming his personal vices and being a pioneer. R.I.P.

emester
October 27th 2013

2790 Comments


Sad to see such an important musician pass on. Such a shame that the last work he left us with was garbage...

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GetOutOfMyHouse
October 27th 2013

214 Comments


Jamming White Light/White Heat right now

Athom
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2013

17204 Comments


How anyone could think of his solo career as mediocre is beyond me. I personally prefer it to The Velvet Underground. Berlin is an absolute masterpiece, Transformer is the pinnacle of glam, The Blue Mask is one of the better 80's rock records out there, and Street Hassle has aged quite well in retrospect.

TheSupernatural
October 27th 2013

1124 Comments


Damn shame. Lou Reed is a legend

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zaruyache
October 27th 2013

6235 Comments


Obligatory "I blame Lars" jokes aside...



RIP.

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Skyhunter
October 27th 2013

48 Comments


Well this is just shitty. R.I.P.

omnipanzer
October 27th 2013

21442 Comments


Humanity's personality pool just dipped a few inches.

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Gyromania
October 27th 2013

15482 Comments


i completely tore him apart in my lulu review, but lou reed has always been a favorite of mine. his solo career is massive, and he helped influence so many artists with his music. he will be missed.

RIP

ps: good tribute, hernan

YoYoMancuso
October 27th 2013

11006 Comments


RIP man, White Light/White Heat is a masterpiece


On an unrelated note, long time no see Hernan, good to see you're still kicking around.

Blackbelt54
October 27th 2013

4269 Comments


this is a sad day, RIP

jtswope
October 27th 2013

2067 Comments


RIP Lou

Matthaios
October 28th 2013

140 Comments


R.I.P. Lou Reed, you're a legend

McP3000
October 28th 2013

3941 Comments


Anyone that was apart of Transformer AND the Velvet Underground and Nico deserves our greatest gratitude

GhettoHmbrglr
October 28th 2013

572 Comments


talentless hack.

DrHouseSchuldiner
October 28th 2013

5643 Comments


R.I.P : (((

Keyblade
October 28th 2013

14683 Comments


look retards if lulu is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name lou reed then you probably shouldn't be on a music site

RIP

Only thing of worth in this thread

RIP

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
October 28th 2013

4408 Comments


@Gyro
thanks. Cheers, Matt.

@YoYo
Hey, man. How's life? Yeah school has been draining all of my energy lately, plus I got a job, but I'm hoping to start writing stuff again. I got some obligations that I need to turn in here this week, so I'll see you around.

ethos
October 28th 2013

1768 Comments


peace, lou
we'll definitely miss you



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Imperial
October 28th 2013

1725 Comments


It was probably from embarrassment via releasing Lulu.

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henryChinaski
October 28th 2013

2719 Comments


R.I.P

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BigPleb
October 28th 2013

35835 Comments


Horrible year for musician related deaths.

RIP Lou, never listened to much of your music but your influence never went unrecognised.

Keyblade
October 28th 2013

14683 Comments


It was probably from embarrassment via releasing Lulu.

You probably thought that was clever

zakalwe
October 28th 2013

7369 Comments


Lou Reed walked it like he talked it. Keep on Walking Mr Reed. R.I.P

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TheNotrap
October 28th 2013

8035 Comments


Sad news.

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Whispered4tw
October 28th 2013

607 Comments


I am the coffin

SadAndHolyGlow
October 28th 2013

1511 Comments


RIP

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TWIGtheWONDERKID
October 28th 2013

740 Comments


RIP Lou,

Berlin live at St. Ann's Warehouse:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oUzH4xqxek&list=PL9A813739404F9A93

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KingSpook
October 28th 2013

16 Comments


Holy shit. RIP.

TheCrocodile
October 28th 2013

222 Comments


RIP.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
October 28th 2013

12951 Comments


jammin nico rip

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tommygun
October 28th 2013

24418 Comments


rip hard lou bro time to jam transformer in your honour

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Prince1993
October 28th 2013

541 Comments


R.I.P.
:/

boogs
October 28th 2013

222 Comments


goodnight, sweet prince

CrazyDiamond7
October 28th 2013

64 Comments


There goes one of the most influential musicians to have ever lived. It's a shame that Lulu was the last thing he ever did, but it's not like his legacy was really affected by it.

Jamming Berlin and Transformer. R.I.P.

JesusV4
October 28th 2013

391 Comments


Watch this doc, and comment afterward about whether you still think his career post-Underground was mediocre.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjPuF-CYuic

Imperial
October 28th 2013

1725 Comments


It was probably from embarrassment via releasing Lulu.

You probably thought that was clever


You probably think you're cleverer.

Dunpeal
October 28th 2013

3656 Comments


yeah

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YoYoMancuso
October 28th 2013

11006 Comments


@SgtPepper

Life is fantastic bro, hope yours is as well.

InbredJed
October 28th 2013

5786 Comments


goddamn, RIP legendary Lou

Gwyn.
October 28th 2013

15007 Comments


"It was probably from embarrassment via releasing Lulu."

Are you fucking stupid

TWIGtheWONDERKID
October 29th 2013

740 Comments


Rock and Roll Heart -- Lou Reed Documentary (American Masters):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjPuF-CYuic

Imperial
October 29th 2013

1725 Comments


This is a nice band wagon we got going here.

ShadowRemains
October 29th 2013

20520 Comments


that's a nice baseball bat that just hit you in the face

ya ugly mug

Imperial
October 29th 2013

1725 Comments


Good one lol.

ResidentNihilist
October 29th 2013

1011 Comments


Lou was a douche but he produced some great music and that's all that matters. RIP

Keyblade
October 29th 2013

14683 Comments


You probably think you're cleverer.

Well yeah

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2013

5998 Comments


20 Essential Lou Reed Tracks

A look back at the legendary rocker's best moments from the Velvet Underground and beyond

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/20-essential-lou-reed-tracks-20131027






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