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October 28th, 2013, 12:08 AM
Lou Reed dead at 71: New York City rock pioneer, The Velvet Underground musician died Sunday The Brooklyn-born guitarist passed away Sunday

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/lou-reed-velvet-underground-musician-dead-71-article-1.1498187#ixzz2izDQhSrf


October 28th, 2013, 08:53 AM
My friend Charles spent a weekend with him MANY MOONS AGO at the Chelsea Hotel.

October 28th, 2013, 03:53 PM
For anyone who's interested, the book "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk" (2006) chronicles not just the rise and peak of punk, but mostly the downtown NYC rock scene starting in the '60s with the poetry readings at St Mark's, and up through the players' various downfalls in the '80s and beyond. It is entirely an oral history told by those who were there, including Lou, who typically gave some surly snippets, but could also be as lucid as anyone considered normal.

It was after reading this book that I felt that Sid Vicious did not kill Nancy Spungeon, although it was their chaotic crazy life together that contributed. Definitely a can't-put-down romp.

This is my new favorite Lou Reed song. I don't know if it's his, but he made it his own.


October 28th, 2013, 04:23 PM
I was crushed when I read this. While not hugely commercial, the Velvet Underground influenced much of the early punk movement. Lou Reed was a fave of mine.

Rest in peace.

October 29th, 2013, 09:28 AM
This is my new favorite Lou Reed song. I don't know if it's his, but he made it his own.

It is his.

October 29th, 2013, 10:52 AM
Despite the VU's lack of commercial success, Lou Reed wrote some of the best rock'n'roll songs and ballads ever written, including Pale Blue Eyes. The version on the self-titled The Velvet Underground album is my favourite version, because Lou actually "sings" it.

Rest in Peace, Lou.

May your Legendary Heart be surrounded by Satellites of Love at All Tomorrow's Parties at the Beginning of a Great Adventure and forever. I'm Sticking With You.

October 31st, 2013, 10:00 PM
It's nice to think that the last few years he became zenned out and cool with life.

http://entimg.s-msn.com/i/150/News/Oct13/LouReed_2009_150.jpg© AP / Lou Reed in 2009

Lou Reed's final days: Dazzling nature and tai chi, says wife Laurie Anderson
Oct. 31, 2013, 8:32 PM EST
By Todd Cunningham

Laurie Anderson (http://music.msn.com/music/artist/laurie-anderson/), the wife of singer Lou Reed (http://music.msn.com/music/artist/lou-reed/) and a musician (http://www.bing.com/search?q=musician&filters=ufn%3a"musician"+sid%3a"fadcc674-8489-92f9-70df-a64df53c4c6d"&FORM=MSNMEP) in her own right, offered an insight into the rock icon's final days in a letter she sent to the local paper in Springs, East Hampton (http://www.bing.com/search?q=east%20hampton%20new%20york&filters=ufn%3a"east hampton new york"+sid%3a"2316ee5e-6e92-8606-91b6-6ec3b6700a49"&FORM=MSNMEP), the New York village where they lived.
Bing video: Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed (http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Laurie+Anderson+and+Lou+Reed&FORM=msnena)
Reed, who had been recovering from a liver transplant since May, died Sunday morning from liver disease at the age of 71.
"Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs," she wrote in a letter (http://www.easthamptonstar.com/Obituaries/20131031/Lou-Reed) posted Thursday by the East Hampton Star (http://www.easthamptonstar.com/Obituaries/20131031/Lou-Reed). "And we made it!"
Also from TheWrap: Lou Reed's Death: Tributes Pour in From Music Academy, Rock Heavyweights (http://www.thewrap.com/lou-reeds-death-tributes-pour-music-academy-rock-heavyweights/)
"Lou was a tai chi (http://www.bing.com/search?q=tai%20chi&filters=ufn%3a"tai chi"+sid%3a"3c9521f0-ad16-631e-d2dc-e8ddec9f19cc"&FORM=MSNMEP) master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air."
Anderson and Reed, who influenced a generation of rockers with his raw and lyrical work with the Velvet Underground (http://www.bing.com/search?q=the%20velvet%20underground&filters=ufn%3a"the velvet underground"+sid%3a"b88d0b03-5e84-bb15-954c-382c50360d4c"&FORM=MSNMEP) and subsequent solo career, were married in 2008.
"Lou was a prince and a fighter (http://www.bing.com/search?q=fighter%20christina%20aguilera&filters=ufn%3a"fighter christina aguilera"+sid%3a"14b2bfe8-7cce-2073-6734-913283bf0981"&FORM=MSNMEP) and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us," she wrote.


November 3rd, 2013, 11:45 PM
A well-produced documentary on Lou, with some excellent city scenes btw.