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Pioneering songwriter Lou Reed dies aged 71

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Pioneering songwriter Lou Reed dies aged 71


The world of rock music is mourning the death of US singer and musician Lou Reed.

The 71-year-old died on Sunday at his home in New York following complications from a liver transplant.

Known for tracks including “ A Walk on the Wild Side” and “Perfect Day”, Reed was considered one of the most influential songwriters over several decades.

Although accepted in the Hall of Fame, Reed’s lyrics which chronicled sex and drugs shocked the establishment.

He was the front man for the band Velvet Underground which became renowned for fusing art and music and for collaborating with pop-artist Any Warhol.

Although Velvet Underground never achieved commercial success in the 1960s, music producer Brian Eno summed up their influence by saying: “Their first album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band”.

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