Lou Reed dies at 71

...And All That Art

It is always with a pang that you learn the death of one of your favourite musicians, because, through lyrics or melodies that have moved you, somehow, you have the impression you have known them for a while. The fact that I am a massive classic rock fan is quite problematic: as years go by, I recurrently hear about the death of a particular songwriter or performer I appreciate. This was the case with Ray Manzarek a couple of months ago.

But with Lou Reed, this is entirely different. Velvet Underground founder and the author of many cult records like Transformer, Lou Reed’s violent lyrics about drug abuse and sexuality were of particular significance to me during my teenage years. I discovered Lou Reed thanks to my mother, who likes him even more than Bowie. With the compilation album Retro, she drew my attention towards ‘Caroline Says’ I and…

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