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Velvet Underground frontman, dies at 71

Lou Reed performs I'm Waiting For The Man on the BBC's Old Grey Whistle Test programme in December 1984


US musician and Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed has died at the age of 71.


The singer-songwriter, whose best-known hits included Perfect Day and Walk On The Wild Side, was considered one of the most influential in rock music.


The Velvet Underground became known for their fusion of art and music and collaborating with Andy Warhol.


The cause of death is unknown. But a spokesman told the BBC a statement would be released shortly.


An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, Reed underwent a liver transplant in May this year after he had cancelled five California concert dates scheduled in April.


"I am a triumph of modern medicine," Reed posted on his website on 1 June.


"I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future."


The Velvet Underground never achieved much commercial success, but revolutionized rock and punk in the 1960s and '70s and their popularity grew in the subsequent decades.


The band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Ditto Julia...The only time I saw LR perform was in the late 70s and he could hardly sing or stand during the performance due to drug use.  I couldn't wait to listen to his music though - especially the Transformer album - or I guess tape at the time. 


My favorite LR quote: "The music is all.  People should die for it..." 


Bye-bye Lou!


Here's part of a poem written by LR which appeared in the Winter, 1972, No. 53 issue of the Paris Review:


The Murder Mystery

Lou Reed


1. Mister Moonlight

succulent smooth and gorgeous

isn’t it nice

we’re number one and so forth

isn’t it sweet, being unique


2. Mister Muse

fellow of wit and gentry

medieval ruse

filling the shallow and empty

fools that dual, dual in pools


3. Objection! Suffice

Apelike and tactile bassoon

oboeing me, cordon that virus’ section

off—to the left

is what is not right


4. Exit the pig

enter the owl and gorgeous

king on the left,

it on the right and primping

adjusting his nose

as he reads from his scrolls


5. no one nose

no nose is good news and sceneless

extend the wine

drink here a toast to something

ten year old port is perfect in court


6. Razzanatazz

there’s nothing up my shoulder

lust is a must

shaving my heads made me bolder

will you kindly read

what it was i brought three?

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