The legend that is Rock n Roll says good-bye to a legend this week. Rolling Stone has reported that Velvet Underground guitarist, singer songwriter, Lou Reed died on Sunday (October 27) at age 71.
Although Velvet Underground was never considered to be a mainstream success in the 60″s, their popularity grew tremendously in the following decades. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
“I always thought we were easily the most sophisticated, articulate group in the world,” Reed said during an interview back in June of this year. “We didn”t get to keep going because of strife. But there was no one near usto this day.
He spoke religiously about his partner, Andy Warhol, and of the work they produced, which had an intense impact on contemporary culture. “I was just writing down everything that was going on around me. And look where I was. I was next to the greatest artist of the 20th century. Not that I knew that at the time. But you”d have to be profoundly stupid to look at Andy and not say, “Wow. Look at that.” He was an astonishing person in every way.