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27 October 2013

Rock legend, experimental artist and singer-songwriter Lou Reed died today. He was 71.

The cause of death was not officially announced, but it was confirmed that he underwent a liver transplant earlier in 2013.

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Whether as frontman of The Velvet Underground, solo or in collaboration with others, he had been an influential pioneer since the 1960s.

His style was deliberately and assuredly experimental and crossed many genres, with touches of experimental rock, avant-garde, punk, psychedelia, art-rock and even soul.

His global fame was assured with iconic songs such as 'Walk on the Wild Side' and 'Perfect Day', but this was a fraction of his output which spanned every point from accessible pop to ear-bleeding racket, and makes his discography all the more wonderful for it.

He remained active right to the end of his life, and 'Lulu', the massively controversial 2011 collaboration with Metallica, was his last released major work.

For a perfect example of how Lou Reed kept pushing the boundaries of artistry, read Johnny Churchill's review of 'Lulu' here

Lou Reed has left a lasting impression on the music world and will never be forgotten. We need more of his type to keep shaking things up.

MetalTalk sends heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.


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