Remembering Lou Reed on His Birthday

 

Today we celebrate the life of rock and roll pioneer Lou Reed, who was instrumental  in forming the Velvet Underground.

The rocker, known for donning his trademark sunglasses on stage, marched to the beat of his own drummer.

Reed co-founded the underrated-but-acclaimed The Velvet Undergound, managed by none other than Andy Warhol himself.  The band released four albums with Reed at the helm, The Velvet Underground and Nico, White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground, and Loaded.

Reed left the band in 1970 and embarked on a solo career just one year later.  He released sixteen solo albums, bringing us such triumphs as “Walk on the Wild Side,” “Satellite of Love” and “Coney Island Baby.”

He published two books of photographs, Emotions in Action and Lou Reed's New York, and he was inducted with the Velvet Underground into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Reed recorded albums up until 2011, when he released his final collaboration, Lulu, with Metallica.  Sadly, we lost the legend last year when the iconic performer succumbed to liver disease.  Even though he has passed, his influential music will survive the test of time.

What does Lou Reed’s music mean to you?  Weigh in below or check out his official site!