Lou Reed, the founder of The Velvet Underground passed away at the age of 71 on 27 October 2013. Born Lewis Allan Reed in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, Lou Reed developed an ear for rhythm and blues, forming several bands while still in high school after teaching himself to play guitar simply by listening to the radio.Reed introduced avant garde rock to mainstream music and has been credited as having a significant impact on American culture.His collaboration with famed pop artist and mentor Andy Warhol is legendary and perhaps one of the most important pairings of this centuryBest known as the founder, guitarist and lead singer/songwriter of 1960s band The Velvet Underground, the star went on to have an illustrious solo career, with hits such as ‘Walk On the Wild side ‘. He was married to Laurie Anderson
The Velvet Underground were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1996 and have long been recognised as a major musical influence on punk and art rock, as reflected in a quote often attributed to musician Brian Eno: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.”After making his name with the Velvet Underground and becoming part of Andy Warhol’s Factory scene in New York, Although the Velvet Underground never achieved great commercial success, their idosyncratic combination of harsh guitars and smooth melodies sung by Reed or the German model Nico proved enduring and have garnered a cult following. Warhol incorporated the Velvet Underground’s music into his Exploding Plastic Inevitable multimedia events, with Reed revealing that Andy As a songwriter, Reed broke new ground by writing songs about taboo subjects as S&M, transvestites and transsexuals, prostitution, and drug addiction.
Following his departure from The Velvet Underground in 1970, ‘Reed began a successful solo career spanning several decades and went on to record a series of seminal and sometimes challenging solo albums including Transformer, Berlin and Metal Machine Music and collaborated with many artists over the course of his career, including David Bowie, Antony and the Johnsons and Kate McGarrigle. Throughout his life He also remained an avid and interesting artist, branching out into photography and released two books of his work, ‘Emotions in Action’ and ‘Lou Reed’s New York.’