Lou Reed passed away on Sunday in his Long Island home. He was 71.
The seminal American rock musician founded the Velvet Underground with John Cale in 1964. The band worked closely with Andy Warhol, who introduced them to German singer Nico and produced their debut album, “The Velvet Underground & Nico.”
The album was deemed to be one of the most influential of the era. Rolling Stone called it "the most prophetic album ever made," while legendary producer Brian Eno said that although the album only sold 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band."
As a lyricist, Reed was unafraid to pursue uncomfortable topics. Themes of drug abuse, sexuality, and dysfunctional relationships permeated his work, yet he managed to write some of the sweetest odes to love and friendship of our time.
We've compiled some reads and tunes to remember Reed's best work.