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Lou Reed

Birthdate: 2. March 1942
Date of death: 27. October 2013

Lewis Allan Reed was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was the guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of the rock band the Velvet Underground, with a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground had little success during their active years, but later gained a significant cult following to become one of the most widely acclaimed and influential bands in rock history.

Reed's 1973 single "Walk on the Wild Side" crossed over to mainstream, but although major label attempts to repeat its success were critically acclaimed, they did not translate to sales numbers, leading to a descent into serious drug addiction that crippled much of his later life and career. New York is recognised as the height of his mid period. He was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a member of the Velvet Underground in 1996, and again as a solo artist in 2014.

„Things always seem to end before they start“

—  Lou Reed

Source: Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics

„Nothing beats 2 guitars, drum and bass.“

—  Lou Reed

In the liner notes of New York

„I'm still not sure I didn't die“

—  Lou Reed

Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics

„"Just watch," said Sheila, touching her finger to her head.“

—  Lou Reed

The Gift (written by Lou Reed, narrated by John Cale)
Lyrics

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„Candy came from out on the Island
In the backroom she was everybody's darlin'
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She says, Hey babe
Take a walk on the wild side“

—  Lou Reed

Walk on the Wild Side Full lyrics online http://www.slangcity.com/songs/lou_reed.htm
The title was inspired by Lou Reed being approached in 1970 for a musical based on Nelson Algren's 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side.
Lyrics

„Of course. All the best people are.“

—  Lou Reed

When asked if he was Jewish. Quoted in the Jewish Chronicle obituary, 1 November 2013, p. 31

„It always bothers me to see people writing 'RIP' when a person dies. It just feels so insincere and like a cop-out. To me, 'RIP' is the microwave dinner of posthumous honors.“

—  Lou Reed

Attributed posthumously in social media, but actually a hoax originating from Twitter "Hoax Lou Reed quote fools Twitter (and most of the rest of the internet)", http://en4news.com/2013/10/28/hoax-lou-reed-quote-fools-twitter-and-most-of-the-rest-of-the-internet/ EN4 News, 28 October 2013
Misattributed

„And Pontiff, pretty Pontiff
Can anyone shake your hand?
Or is it just that you like uniforms
and someone kissing your hand“

—  Lou Reed

Good Evening Mr. Waldheim
Attacking the Pope for receiving ex-Nazi Kurt Waldheim
Lyrics

„Jesse you say Common Ground
Does that include the PLO?“

—  Lou Reed

Good Evening Mr. Waldheim http://www.mp3lyrics.org/l/lou-reed/good-evening-mr-waldheim/
Attacking Jesse Jackson's support for terrorist organisations
Lyrics

„Anyone that gets to side four is dumber than I am.“

—  Lou Reed

Of his 'Metal Machine Music' double album, as quoted at BBC - collective - Lou Reed: RR Buyer's Guide http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/collective/A2580725 (and elsewhere; please put the original here if you know it.)

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