Lou Reed: Gone but never Forgotten

Lou Reed passed away last week at the age of 71.  He died following complications from a liver transplant in May.  Due to the complications, he had previously cancelled his scheduled appearance at Coachella.

Reed first received notoriety as Velvet Underground's principal songwriter and later went on to be a solo artist.   He made huge waves and founded what came to be known as punk rock and art rock.

On Sunday, Greg Harris, president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, said that Reed "provided the framework for generations of artists," including Patti Smith, the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and U2.

Reed  was honored with a being inducted into the Cleveland-based Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, by which point he was already famous.

Velvet Undergrounds viola player and original keyboardist, John Cale, said following Reed's passing via Twitter, "I've lost my 'school-yard buddy."

RIP, Lou Reed!

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