Less than 24 hours ago we learned that Lou Reed had died. It's no surprise that he's already been lionized by the vanguards of music: David Bowie, Morrissey, John Cale, The Strokes, The Who, Pixies...His death feels like a profound loss to the cultural world, certainly the most significant in my lifetime. Reed made order out of chaos and chaos out of order for millions over a 50-year career, creating transformative music with a sneering disregard for popular opinion or commercial success. "Whenever we hear sounds, we are changed," said Stockhausen, and that's especially true of the Velvet Underground lynchpin, solo contrarian, king of NY cool. Here are some of the tracks we'll be listening to in the NME office today.

Lou Reed 1942 – 2013: NME Obituary

"Goodbye, you magnificent bastard" - A Tribute To Lou Reed

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