Lou Reed passed away yesterday at the age of 71. Details of his death are sketchy at the moment but it is thought that it was the result of his Liver transplant (according to his Literary Agent) that he had earlier in the year. He had been ill for a number of months.
I first heard Lou Reed way back when I was a young boy but didn't really start listening to him properly until in my teens when The Velvet Underground were being name-checked by many Punk and New Wave bands. 'Street Hassle' 12" was probably the first record I ever bought of his.
He was not to everyone's liking and not everything he did was brilliant. Here's a few of the great ones. Whilst not remembered as a likeable man except by those who knew him well it's his music that will be much remembered.
Velvets and Lou Reed Cover Versions.