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Lou Reed Remembered by Velvet Underground Bandmate Maureen Tucker

While both Patti Smith and Bono eloquently eulogized Reed back in November, Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker shared her memories of the frontman and songwriter with The Guardian.

12/16/2013

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Bono Remembers Lou Reed in a Touching Eulogy

In his eulogy, Bono recalls the first time he met Reed, on the Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope tour in 1986. He writes of how he and Reed bonded over poetry, specifically James Joyce. The two would go on form a friendship that involved swapping short-stories by Delmore Schwartz and poems by Seamus Heaney.

11/07/2013

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Lou Reed’s Influence: 8 Classic Covers of His Songs

Brian Eno’s famous quote about the Velvet Underground is stitched into the band’s legacy: “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.” Whether or not that […]

10/28/2013

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Lou Reed, Velvet Underground Frontman And Solo Star, Dies At 71

Lou Reed, lead singer and founder of pioneering ’60s rock group the Velvet Underground, has died. Rolling Stone reports that the cause of his death has not yet been released, but Reed was hospitalized in July following a liver transplant in May. Reed was 71.

10/27/2013

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Book Report: ’101 Essential Rock Records’

Just in time for the holidays, we’re offering brief takes on some of 2012′s best books for music fans. THE BOOK: 101 Essential Rock Records AUTHOR: Jeff Gold, plus essays and “as-told-to” contributions from David […]

12/20/2012

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Smashing Pumpkins Classic Rock Covers, Uncovered

The new, expanded edition of The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Pisces Iscariot” reveals that even during the punk-obsessed ’90s, frontman Billy Corgan had a pretty big jones for the classic rock and pop of the ’60s and ’70s.

07/05/2012

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Top 10 Longest Rock Songs We Can Remember

Back in November of 1971, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Led Zeppelin[/lastfm]‘s record label, Atlantic, released a promotional single of “Stairway to Heaven” to radio stations. At 8 minutes long, it found occasional late-night play on AM radio. But, […]

12/03/2011

Rock Flashback: Lou Reed

On March 2, 1943, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lou Reed[/lastfm] was born in Brooklyn. He co-founded the influential [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Velvet Underground[/lastfm] in 1965; their 1967 debut album, Velvet Underground and Nico, didn’t sell especially well, but it’s considered […]

03/02/2011

Lou Reed vs. Susan Boyle

  It’s no secret [lastfm]Lou Reed[/lastfm] is in a league of his own, and many have accused him of being a jerk, so it should come as no surprise to learn that the former [lastfm]The Velvet […]

09/10/2010