Goodbye, Lou Reed
We reflect on the legacy of the New York rock icon and perennial avant-gardist, from his Velvet Underground salad days up through his controversial Metallica collaboration.
Tue Oct 29 2013
It's impossible to overstate Lou Reed's influence. His musical contribution, both as a Velvet Underground cofounder and as a solo artist, was enormous, but beyond that, he was simply an inescapable presence in the creative life of modern NYC. Reed created some of the most enduring songs of the past few decades, collaborated with countless iconic figures—from Pop Art giant Andy Warhol to Bay Area thrash masters Metallica, as well as his equally brilliant wife, Laurie Anderson—and remained a vital, ever-combative presence in his beloved hometown right up until the end. He will be sorely missed.
Read on for tributes, reflections on the Reed legacy and a choice item from the TONY archives.
TONY's Music Editor reflects on a telling downtown encounter with the late local legend.
Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground changed music and NYC. We celebrate Reed’s sonic legacy.
His music lent an indelible mood to pivotal scenes.
TONY flashback: Our exclusive Lou Reed interview from 2000
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