Lou Reed

Protopunk, Musical Artist

1942 –


Who is Lou Reed?

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. Though the Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years since its demise and has gone on to become one of the most widely cited and influential bands of the era. As the Velvet Underground's vocalist and principal songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including sexuality and drug culture.

After his departure from the group, Reed began a solo career in 1972. He had a hit the following year with "Walk on the Wild Side", although he subsequently lacked the mainstream commercial success its chart status seemed to indicate. In 1975, Reed released a double album of feedback loops, Metal Machine Music, upon which he later commented, "No one is supposed to be able to do a thing like that and survive." Reed is known for his distinctive deadpan voice, poetic lyrics and for pioneering and coining the term Ostrich guitar.

Famous Quotes:

  • There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.

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Mar 2, 1942
Also known as
  • Lou Red
  • Lou Read
  • Lou Ree
  • Lewis Allen Reed
  • Lewis Allan Reed
  • Lewis Alan Reed
  • Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed
  • Jewish people
  • United States of America
  • Syracuse University
    (1960 - )
Lived in
  • New York City
  • Brooklyn
  • Freeport

on July 23, 2013


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