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article imageRock legend Lou Reed dies at 71

By Nicole Byerly     Oct 27, 2013 in Entertainment
Southampton - Rock legend Lou Reed, solo artist, vocalist and guitarist for the band "Velvet Underground" died Sunday at the age of 71.
In 1965, Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker played their first show as the now widely known band "Velvet Underground." Although not too popular in the 1960s, the band is now one that has gained a significant following with their album "The Velvet Underground & Nico" considered as one of the top 13 most influential albums of all time.
As a songwriter, Reed took traditional rock 'n' roll into dark corners, exploring aspects of the genre not yet known to most fans. Reed undertook a solo career, which spanned across several decades, beginning in 1972 with his first hit in 1973 "Walk on the Wild Side."
Reed "was one of the first artists to experiment with guitar feedback on record and to show that sort of ugly noise can actually be quite beautiful and moving. He also, lyrically, wrote about all kinds of topics that were taboo before he started exploring them," said Vozick-Levinson.
In April of this year, the singer had to cancel his planned performances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival because of his health issues. He underwent surgery the following month and was on the road to recovery.
His death is the result of complications from the liver transplant, his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed in an email.
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