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Lou Reed, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 71

Every body thought I was weird, when I was young, because I had found this band that was just not like any of the others. Their sound and approach to rock and role was unique. I listened to this strange band called the Velvet Underground. Urging those to “Take a walk on the wild side.”  And I thought Lou Reed was one of the most amazing artist and rock n rollers combined. He actually played incredible rock that had a deeper purpose and message. Lou Reed was an icon of rock and roll. And though he suffered through a number of years of substance abuse he has been clean and sober since the 80’s. And now he is no longer with us. Sober since the 1980s and a practitioner of Tai Chi, Mr. Reed had a liver transplant in May in Cleveland. “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” he wrote in a public statement upon his release. “I am bigger and stronger than ever.” “Lou Reed, the principal singer in the Velvet Underground, a band that had profound impact on the high-I.Q., low-virtuosity stratum of alternative and underground rock around the world, has died, his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, said on Sunday. He was 71.”

His music, his art, and his contributions to human society will be missed.

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