by Dan Colman, Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/2013/10/lou-reed-dead-at-71.html
Rolling Stone is reporting
that Lou Reed, whose music career began with The Velvet Underground in
the 1960s, before becoming an influential solo artist in the 70s, has
He was 71 and had undergone a liver transplant back in May.
Whether that’s related to the cause of death remains unknown. We will
follow up with a lengthier reflection on the life and times of Lou Reed.
But, for now, we want to make you aware of this sad news and present
some of our favorites clips of Reed and the VU. We start you off, above,
with Reed singing a live funk version of “Sweet Jane,” a song first
released on VU’s 1970 album, Loaded.
It was performed in Paris
in ’74, with Prakash John playing bass and Steve Hunter on guitar.
delve deeper into Reed’s career, we suggest you watch the 1998
documentary, Rock and Roll Heart. It’s from PBS’s American Masters series and runs 75 minutes.