American Rock legend Lou Reed has died at the age of 71, according to a report in Rolling Stone magazine. There has not yet been any comment from spokespeople for Reed or his family.
In the 1960s, Reed’s Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in bands in rock – by fusing art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol.
Reed went onto further success in his solo career – achieving his most commercial hit with 1972’s ‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’, co-produced by David Bowie.
Rolling Stone writes that musical genres such as “glam, punk and alternative rock” would all have been “unthinkable” without Reed’s example.
Referring to his pared-back guitar style, Reed himself once said, “one chord is fine, two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.”