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"Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Leader and Rock Pioneer, Dead at 71
New York legend, who helped shape nearly fifty years of rock music, underwent a liver transplant in May"


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lou-reed-velvet-underground-leader-and-rock-pioneer-dead-at-71-20131027



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Guaranteed Phish tribute at their show tonight in Hartford with at least an opening cover if not more which will be interesting to see. Wed night in Glens Falls NY they opened with Reed's Rock & Roll which I caught live via webcast.

Always very sad to see such a rock legend pass on.

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Wow, another legend passes, and the rest of us all move another notch towards the wrong end of the conveyor belt.
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The man pioneered many frontiers

Fearless in his exploration of sounds and themes



A staggering legacy in his wake
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Rock and Roll Animal is one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.
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I'm glad I'm not the only one here who knows who this guy was. :) Looks like there's a nice write up on LR in this month's Rolling Stone...

 


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/lou-reed-1942-2013-inside-the-new-issue-of-rolling-stone-20131106


More tributes...


http://www.rollingstone.com/music/pictures/remembering-lou-reed-tributes-from-friends-and-followers-20131107


I was definitely a latecomer to the LR appreciation club. I had heard "Walk on the Wild Side" (his most popular single in the US) on the radio in the 70's. And probably had some vague knowledge of his connection with Warhol. But I didn't really begin to put the pieces together, and start to understand his significance until probably some time during the 80's, when I began hearing references to him and a mysterious group called the "Velvet Underground" by various alternative artists, and my friends who were into that sort of music.


I'm still not as familiar with his work as I'd like to be. But I was a fan of alot of groups and artists that he influenced (as I later found out).


These are the top five best-selling albums by the Velvet Underground according to Billboard magazine, in case anyone's interested. The sales figures are from 1991-Present.


1. The Velvet Underground & Nico - 560,000 copies

2. The Best of Velvet Underground - 308,000 copies

3. Loaded - 250,000 copies

4. The Velvet Underground - 201,000 copies

5. White Light / White Heat - 113,000 copies


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To be honest, I can't say I am an expert in all things LR.
Like ADU, "Walk on the Wild Side" was about it for me.

I have always heard about his "influence."
I sincerely doubt it was all that.
To have been an influence, you would have to say he changed the course of R&R and that is pretty ridiculous.

He was a fringe guy, primarily centered in the NY Village scene.
Regardless of his talent, his impact was limited in scope.
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Take a look at the tributes in the link above oink. They might change your perspective. Certainly within the realm of punk/alternative music, his influence, and perhaps more importantly, his example as a rebel and experimenter, was profound. The fact that the public at large didn't know much about him isn't really the salient point. It's the impact he had on a generation of music makers that's significant... imho.


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Take a look at the tributes in the link above oink. They might change your perspective. Certainly within the realm of punk/alternative music, his influence, and perhaps more importantly, his example as a rebel and experimenter, was profound.
When I hear the term "Punk/Alternative Music," I think of England.
I think of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson.....I don't think of U.S. music.

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The fact that the public at large didn't know much about him isn't really the salient point.
I agree.

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It's the impact he had on a generation of music makers that's significant... imho
I guess my point was I don't think his "impact" was widespread upon the Rock Scene.....more localized, IMO.
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When I hear the term "Punk/Alternative Music," I think of England.
I think of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson.....I don't think of U.S. music.
 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punk_rock...

 

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That August, The Stooges, from Ann Arbor, premiered with a self-titled album. According to critic Greil Marcus, the band, led by singer Iggy Pop, created "the sound of Chuck Berry's Airmobile—after thieves stripped it for parts".[56] The album was produced by John Cale, a former member of New York's experimental rock group The Velvet Underground. Having earned a "reputation as the first underground rock band," The Velvet Underground inspired, directly or indirectly, many of those involved in the creation of punk rock.[57]

 

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Alternative rock (also called alternative music, alt rock or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular by the 1990s. The 'alternative' definition refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music, expressed primarily in a distorted guitar sound, transgressive lyrics and generally a nonchalant, defiant attitude. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style, or simply the independent, D.I.Y. ethos of punk rock, which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music.[2] At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave, and post-punk).


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Rock and Roll Animal is one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.

Agreed.

As far as studio albums, Loaded is still one of my all time favorites. I saw Phish cover this entire album in Vegas on Halloween in 98 which was amazing! I ended up seeing the show alone as the two friends I went with sold their tickets in the lot that night to go hit the strip club (Crazy Horse II)........they missed one hell of a show!

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Take a look at the tributes in the link above oink. They might change your perspective. Certainly within the realm of punk/alternative music, his influence, and perhaps more importantly, his example as a rebel and experimenter, was profound.
When I hear the term "Punk/Alternative Music," I think of England.
I think of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson.....I don't think of U.S. music.

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The fact that the public at large didn't know much about him isn't really the salient point.
I agree.

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It's the impact he had on a generation of music makers that's significant... imho
I guess my point was I don't think his "impact" was widespread upon the Rock Scene.....more localized, IMO.

Elvis Costello? Joe Jackson? Punk? Guess that shows why you don't know much about Lou Reed...
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Elvis Costello? Joe Jackson? Punk?
No, read my post a little more closely. wink.gif
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