Lou Reed, lead singer and guitarist of the iconic and influential Velvet Underground and successful solo artist passed away today. Reed was a living legend who actually attended school in upstate New York at the University at Syracuse before he became the coolest man in music, and he was 71 years old. If you have any good Lou Reed stories feel free to share, for now we’ll just collect people paying their respects.
"The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet…I’ve lost my ‘school-yard buddy’ – john cale" http://t.co/8MZMNhkzvf
— John Cale (@therealjohncale) October 27, 2013
My friend Lou Reed came to the end of his song. So very sad.But hey, Lou, you'll always take a walk on the wild side. Always a perfect day.
— Salman Rushdie (@SalmanRushdie) October 27, 2013
Your music changed my life, Lou. Thank you.
— The Mountain Goats (@mountain_goats) October 27, 2013
Doubt I'd have gotten into music at all if it wasn't for Velvet Underground. peace Lou. I'll play your records for my grandkids someday.
— The Antlers (@theantlers) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed might have been the single biggest influence on my music & his encouragement changed my life. I'm devastated.
— Okkervil River (@okkervilriver) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed is the reason i do everything i do
— Julian Casablancas (@Casablancas_J) October 27, 2013
Damn. Lou Reed died. What a wall smashing artistic Titan he was! RIP
— Yoni Wolf (@YoniWolf) October 27, 2013
Fell in love with vinyl with my dads old copy of Lou Reeds Transformer. Played it again and again doing homework in 7th grade #RIPLouReed
— DAN DEACON (@ebaynetflix) October 27, 2013
Hold your head up high. RIP Lou Reed.
— The Silver Jews (@silverjews) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed. A sad day, indeed. http://t.co/3dQc7iUBpq
— WEXT Exit 97.7 (@977WEXT) October 27, 2013
Peace out, Lou. Venus in Furs and Oh! Sweet Nuthin' absolutely blew my mind when I was 18 years old. Thanks, bru
— ÆbTr0ñ ]-[mèél§hıp (@_1134) October 27, 2013
"The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band." – Brian Eno
— Patrick Dodson (@patrickdodson) October 27, 2013
16 years old, I saw Lou Reed at SUNY Fredonia, Robert Quine & Lou sparring with GUITARS. Next day, I bought a Fender guitar. Linger On……
— grasshopper (@mercuryrevvd) October 27, 2013
"I'm a New York city man, blink your eyes and I'll be gone…" — Lou Reed
— Eugene Mirman (@EugeneMirman) October 27, 2013
He passed on a Sunday morning.
— Robert John Wilcox (@heyrobwilcox) October 27, 2013
"You can depend on the worst always happening/ You need a busload of faith to get by" a Lou Reed playlist http://t.co/n6yoiacI7L
— Michael Janairo (@mjanairo) October 27, 2013
"One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz." #RIP Lou Reed.
— Zoe Keating (@zoecello) October 27, 2013
— Lucky Tran (@luckytran) October 27, 2013
— kentucker (@kentucker) October 27, 2013
Condolances to Lou Reed's offspring – punk rock, hard rock, alt rock, grunge, metal, and the world we live in. Rest In Peace.
— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) October 27, 2013