Lou Reed

Lou Reed

United States · Person · 1942–2013
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the Velvet Underground, and his solo career spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground was unsuccessful during their active years, but gained a significant cult following to become one of the most widely acclaimed and influential bands in rock history. Brian Eno famously stated that, while the Velvet Underground's debut album sold only 30,000 copies, "everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band".

Reed's solo career began in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", but this level of mainstream commercial success was not repeated. Reed was known for his distinctive deadpan voice and poetic lyrics, and for pioneering and coining the term ostrich guitar tuning. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time included two albums by Reed as a solo artist: Transformer and Berlin, and also included the Velvet Underground albums The Velvet Underground & Nico, White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground and Loaded. Read more »

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MOJO Lou Reed CD: Full Tracklisting!

PRIOR TO HIS DEATH on October 27, 2013, Lou Reed supervised the remastering and restoration of some of his greatest works. The result – the RCA & Arista Album Collection box set – is released on October 7, but you can get more than a taste on MOJO...


Lou Reed's Red Shirley Trailer
Metal Machine Trio


2011 Official Album
Hudson River Wind Meditations
2007 Official Album
The Raven
2003 Official Album
2000 Official Album
Set the Twilight Reeling
1996 Official Album
Magic and Loss
1992 Official Album
Songs for Drella
1990 Official Album
New York
1989 Official Album

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