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Lou Reed, lead singer of Velvet Undergound, dies aged 71
Musician and his New York group influenced generations of bands with mixture of European and US styles of sound and art
Lou Reed, lead singer of the Velvet Underground, veteran
chronicler of life's wilder, seamier and more desperate side and one of the
most influential and distinctive songwriters of his generation, has died at the
age of 71.
He had been suffering from liver failure and received a
transplant earlier this year.
Reed's literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said the musician died
on Sunday morning in Southampton, New York, of an illness related to the
transplant. His UK music agent, Andy Woolliscroft, confirmed the news to the
Guardian earlier on Sunday night, saying: "Yes I'm afraid it's true. I'm
John Cale, his longtime friend and a founding member of the
Velvet Underground, said: "The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet …
I've lost my school-yard buddy."
Tributes from musicians and writers were quick to appear on
David Bowie said on his Facebook page: "He was a
master." Iggy Pop called it "devastating news". Kim Gordon of
Sonic Youth wrote: "So sorry to hear of Lou Reed's passing this is a huge
shock!" The chef and author Anthony Bourdain quoted the Velvet
Underground's song Sweet Jane: "'Heavenly wine and roses … seem to whisper
to me … when you smile' … RIP Lou Reed." Lloyd Cole wrote: "Without
Lou there is no Bowie as we know him. Me? I'd probably be a maths
teacher." Ryan Adams said only: "Lou Reed."
Nile Rodgers of the funk band Chic tweeted: "Lou Reed,
RIP I did the Jools Holland show with him last year and we yucked it up. I
didn't know he was ill."
The writer Salman Rushdie opted to commemorate the singer in
a message heavy with references to his songs: "My friend Lou Reed came to
the end of his song. So very sad. But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on
the wild side. Always a perfect day."
FILE - OCTOBER 28, 2013:
Rolling Stone has reported the death of rock musician Lou Reed, aged 71.
Reed was best known as guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of the influential
1960s band The Velvet Underground. NEW YORK - CIRCA 1976: Lou Reed poses for the cover session for his
album Coney Island Baby circa 1976 in New York City (Photo by Michael Ochs
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Lou Reed poses for the cover session for his album Coney
Island Baby, in 1976. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Fans also piled on to Reed's Facebook page to leave
tributes. "One of the greatest men I ever met and one of the kindest and
most loving – and that's from someone who worked with him and knew him since
the 1960s," wrote one.
Another said: "A sad day, not a perfect day at all.
RIP., Lou. You'll never know what your words and music did for me and what an
influence you had on the way I think."
Although the Velvet Underground never achieved great
commercial success, their idiosyncratic mixture of harsh guitars and smooth
melodies sung by Reed or model Nico proved enduring.
The band's influence on rock, art rock and punk was
memorably summed up by Brian Eno's observation that although the first Velvet
Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its first few years,
"everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band".
After making his name with the Velvet Underground and
forming part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene in New York, Reed entered the
similarly decadent orbit of David Bowie and Iggy Pop in the early 1970s and
recorded a series of seminal and sometimes challenging solo albums including
Transformer, Berlin and Metal Machine Music.