Lou Reed, legendary vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, died Sunday at the age of 71. Reed had a liver transplant in May, but details of the cause of Reed’s death have not been released.
While Reed did have a solo career, his stint with Velvet Underground sealed his status as a rock ‘n roll icon. The band focused on subjects that were largely considered taboo at the time, especially drug addiction and sex.
Reed was one of the few musicians who didn’t care about the commercial appeal of his music. He would often go against musical expectations and create songs that drew from a variety of different genres, including classical, pop, rock and jazz. In fact, his only major pop radio hit as “Walk on the Wild Side”, released in 1973.
In 1996, Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 1998, Reed won a Grammy award for Best Long-form Music Video.
Reed is being remembered by fellow legends as well. The Pixies wrote on their Twitter page the following message: “R.I.P. LOU REED….A LEGEND.”
What’s your favorite memory of Lou Reed or Velvet Underground? How will you remember him?