Lou Reed

Lou Reed

 

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Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter.[1] He was the lead guitarist, singer, and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground, with a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground achieved little commercial success during their existence,[2] but they are now recognized as one of the most influential bands in rock, underground, experimental, and alternative music.[3]

Reed's 1972 solo album, Transformer, notably produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, with its lead single "Walk on the Wild Side" which peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 brought Reed mainstream success. Shifting gears artistically, Reed followed up Transformer with the concept album Berlin which received poor critical reviews and sales at the time of its release. While his later glam rock style albums Rock 'n' Roll Animal (a live album released in 1973) sold strongly and Sally Can't Dance (released in 1974) would peak at No. 10 on the Billboard 200, Reed's later major record labels' attempts to repeat his early 70s Transformer period success did not translate to sales numbers,[4] leading Reed into a descent of serious drug addiction and alcoholism that crippled much of his output in the 1970s. In the early 1980s, Reed made a gradual return to prominence with New Sensations (1984), and his album New York (1989), which had received critical acclaim at the time of its release, is recognised as the height of his mid period. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him number 81 in their list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time". He is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee – as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and posthumously for his solo career in 2014.

Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan vocal style, poetic lyrics and experimental guitar style, including the use of feedback; he coined the term "ostrich guitar".

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Lou Reed 1201
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Lou Reed 1201 is an album by musical artist Lou Reed, released on October 31, 2017.
Live Broadcast 3rd October 1984 Agora Ballroom
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Live Broadcast 3rd October 1984 Agora Ballroom is an album by musical artist Lou Reed, released on October 24, 2017.
Live in the Studio - Ultrasonic Studios 1972
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Live in the Studio - Ultrasonic Studios 1972 is an album by musical artist Lou Reed, released on October 13, 2017.
Perfect Day
 
"Perfect Day" is a song written by Lou Reed in 1972, originally featured on Transformer, Reed's second post-Velvet Underground solo album, and as a double A-side with his major hit, "Walk on the Wild Side".

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All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Anthony DeCurtis on Lou Reed
  –  November 24, 2017
LOU REED’S INITIAL STATEMENT of what was possible in more-or-less popular music — the 1967 album The Velvet Underground & Nico — still resonates as loudly as anything released by the Beatles or Jimi Hendrix. Reed, the VU’s main singer and ...
Carla Bruni gives a French Touch to AC/DC, Lou Reed, Rolling Stones
  –  November 22, 2017
The way the Italian-French singer told it in a recent interview ... The eclectic set includes her breathy, oh-so-French takes on Depeche Mode’s Enjoy the Silence, Lou Reed’s Perfect Day, AC/DC’s Highway to Hell, the Clash’s Jimmy Jazz and the ...
Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'
  –  November 20, 2017
Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis knew Velvet Underground co-founder Lou Reed and considered him a friend. So when it came time to write a biography of the late singer-songwriter, DeCurtis knew exactly what kind of book he would pen.
Furious and tortured, warm and brilliant: Lou Reed's complexities make for fascinating biography
  –  November 15, 2017
"I hate Lou Reed more and more," Andy Warhol wrote in his diary in 1986, 20 years after the artist helped launch the singer's career with the Velvet Underground. And really, could you blame him? As Anthony DeCurtis explains in his encyclopedic biography ...
Furious and tortured, warm and brilliant: Lou Reed's complexities make for fascinating biography
  –  November 15, 2017
"I hate Lou Reed more and more," Andy Warhol wrote in his diary in 1986 ... does an excellent job of balancing Reed, the visionary musician-poet, and Reed, the self-destructive miscreant who took many a "Walk on the Wild Side," to quote his only hit ...
All the Poets (Musicians on Writing): Anthony DeCurtis on Lou Reed
  –  November 24, 2017
LOU REED’S INITIAL STATEMENT of what was possible in more-or ... Reed, the VU’s main singer and songwriter, put out a handful of influential albums with the group before leaving just three years later. Those LPs, along with his widely varied solo ...
Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved'
  –  November 20, 2017
Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis knew Velvet Underground co-founder Lou Reed and considered him a friend. So when it came time to write a biography of the late singer-songwriter, DeCurtis knew exactly what kind of book he would pen.

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