The world became a lot less cool last week when Lou Reed flew away from this Dirty Boulevard.
Countless artists, including David Bowie, Patti Smith, The Sex Pistols, U2, The Smiths, The Pretenders, R.E.M., Nirvana (and on and on and on) have cited Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground as major influences on their careers. His influence, however, reached beyond music, counting former Czech President Vaclav Havel as a friend and had an early, mutually influential relationship with Andy Warhol. During this time, The Velvet Underground released its album The Velvet Underground & Nico, which is credited as one of the most influential albums in rock. Producer and musician Brian Eno famously stated that few bought the album but most who did were inspired to start their own bands.
A native of New York, Reed spent most of his life there, leaving an indelible mark on the city. Upon Reed's passing, Patti Smith called Reed "our generation's New York poet."
Farewell Lou, it's the Beginning of a Great Adventure ...