It is a rare day when the words “icon” and "iconic" appear anywhere in this column.
Listening to a song performed by the iconic Lou Reed has and always will be a luxury that should be experienced by anyone that loves rock and roll music.
Lou Reed, a musician and songwriter whose work influenced many great performers, died today, at age 71. Rolling Stone reports the cause of Reed’s death is unknown, but the former leader of the Velvet Underground, did have a liver transplant in May.
“Walk on the Wild Side” and “Sweet Jane” are two of Lou Reed’s most popular songs. There are many others.
“One chord is fine; two chords are pushing it; three chords and you’re into jazz,” Reed quipped when talking about his crude yet edgy guitar playing. when watching him play, it looked as if he were filing down his fingernails rather than strumming out songs. It was a sight to behold. His gritty syle influenced the likes of such musical legends as The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan … just to name a few.
….Reed continued to follow his own idiosyncratic artistic impulses throughout the ‘00s. The once-decadent rocker became an avid student of T'ai Chi, even bringing his instructor onstage during concerts in 2003. In 2005 he released a double CD called The Raven, based on the work of Edgar Allen Poe. In 2007, he released an ambient album titled Hudson River Wind Meditations. Reed returned to mainstream rock with 2011’s Lulu, a collaboration with Metallica.