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Lou Reed News

'Definitive' Lou Reed biography to be published

Will Hermes to write book looking back at late frontman's life and work

  • Jan 8, 2014

Former Velvet Underground members contribute to Lou Reed documentary

'Lou Reed Remembered' will be broadcast on BBC Four this Sunday (December 15)

  • Dec 10, 2013

Stephen Malkmus: 'Lou Reed was better than David Bowie and Iggy Pop'

Former Pavement frontman pays tribute to late singer's influence

  • Nov 25, 2013

The Vaccines frontman to take part in Lou Reed tribute in New York

TV on the Radio members, Drowners and Jeffrey Lewis will also be taking part in the charity event

  • Nov 24, 2013

Lou Reed biography currently in the works

The book is being written by Rolling Stone journalist Anthony DeCurtis.

  • Nov 18, 2013

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Lou Reed Music Videos

The Original Wrapper Play Video

The Original Wrapper

Watch the official The Original Wrapper video by Lou Reed in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Downtown Dirt (audio) Play Video

Downtown Dirt (audio)

Watch the official Downtown Dirt (audio) video by Lou Reed in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Walk on the Wild Side (audio) Play Video

Walk on the Wild Side (audio)

Watch the official Walk on the Wild Side (audio) video by Lou Reed in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Kill Your Sons (audio) Play Video

Kill Your Sons (audio)

Watch the official Kill Your Sons (audio) video by Lou Reed in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

Leave Me Alone (audio) Play Video

Leave Me Alone (audio)

Watch the official Leave Me Alone (audio) video by Lou Reed in HD on WWW.MUZU.TV and check out the latest new music releases and playlists for free.

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Lou Reed Reviews

Album Review: Lou Reed & Metallica - 'Lulu'

Album Review: Lou Reed & Metallica - 'Lulu'

It's a surprising triumph

  • Oct 28, 2011

Reed, Lou : The Raven

Most edifying...

  • Feb 4, 2003

Dublin Olympia

The old rocker done well...

  • Sep 13, 2000

London SW7 Royal Albert Hall

Anyone looking for a glamorous fuck-up will have to listen hard...

  • Jun 1, 2000

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Lou Reed Biography

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. After serving as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, his solo career spanned several decades.

The Velvet Underground was a commercial failure in the late 1960s, but the group gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era - hence Brian Eno's famous quote that while the Velvet Underground's debut album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."

After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist, Transformer and Berlin.

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