Lou Reed / Velvet Underground are the “real thing”.
On Sunday, legendary rocker Lou Reed passed away at the age of 71.
Reed embodied New York cool and the downtown culture of the 1960s and ’70s. His influence — first, with the seminal art-rock band the Velvet Underground (inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in 1996), and then in a series of solo albums — cannot be underestimated.
“The first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five years,” producer and musician Brian Eno once said. “I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!”
Reed’s body of work defined rock ’n’ roll for generations, with his music imitated and idolized by bands played on the left and the right of the radio dial. It’s easy to draw a direct line from the music created by Reed and the Velvets in the…
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