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Lou Reed, iconic punk poet, dead at 71

October 28, 2013
BY HILLEL ITALIE , The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Lou Reed was a pioneer for countless bands who didn't worry about their next hit single. Reed, who died Sunday at age 71, radically challenged rock's founding promise of good times and public celebration. As leader of the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, he was the father of indie rock, and an ancestor of punk, New Wave and the alternative rock movements of the 1970s, '80s and beyond. He influenced generations of musicians from David Bowie and R.E.M. to the Talking Heads and Sonic Youth. "The first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five years," Brian Eno, who produced albums by Roxy Music and Talking Heads among others, once said. "I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band!"

 
 

 

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