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#1 Marc Maron

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Posted October 27, 2013 - 11:14 AM



Report: Musician Lou Reed dies at 71

Famed US songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed has died, US music magazine Rolling Stone reported. 

Reed, who the magazine said passed away on Sunday, had undergone a liver transplant in May.

Born in New York in 1942, Reed found success with legendary 1960s band the Velvet Underground and produced music that influenced generations of musicians.

After leaving the band in 1970, he embarked on a solo career during which time he released the David Bowie-produced album Transformer and was thrust into rock superstardom. 

Reed recently had a number of health problems but was hopeful.

"I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry," he wrote on social media. "I am bigger and stronger than stronger than ever." 

The magazine gave scant details about the death, and Reed's representatives could not immediately be reached to confirm the news.

Online tributes have been pouring in on social media after a message sent earlier in the day on Reed's Twitter and Facebook pages read simply, "The Door." 



:no: RIP


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 12:27 PM



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Posted October 27, 2013 - 01:22 PM

What a loss. R.I.P. Lou, your songs have been an important part of my childhood.

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Posted October 27, 2013 - 04:07 PM

Sad to say I didn't know much about him and that's a shame on my part cause I tend to appreciate great rock & roll history, but from all accounts, he appeared to be quite a legend. RIP to the man.


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Posted October 27, 2013 - 06:03 PM



To be fair, while a legendary artist, music snobs tend to distort music history, especially rock. Independently a renowned musician, check out his solo work, great example of 'operatic rock', some mellow and some just just raw acoustics. But for the most part because he was the driving force behind Velvet Underground, that will always be his lasting legacy. Velvet Underground tends to be called the American Pink Floyd, or Led Zeppelin, I can't go that far. But most musicians from that era claim their album Nico was legendary. Again everything is preference, great but some people put it on that legendary pedestal.


Probably because when I learned to play guitar, I picked more influence from other acts, while interestingly enough a close friend really stuck to these guys and the punk scene all in all, he really feels bummed and sad about his passing.

#6 Marc Maron

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Posted October 27, 2013 - 08:33 PM




My favorite Velvet Underground song:



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