One of rock's most important singer/songwriters, the creator of a daring body of work that proved rock & roll could be art.
"Of course it had to happen, it really had to happen, it was the natural end to Beethoven’s Ninth. Everyone was getting sicker and looking like a wolverine while the people pushed colleges. Dirty buildings with lawns for people to lie on blankets. Well-groomed wasps or purposefully disheveled sensitives reading Spengler. But meanwhile everything was dead. Writing was dead, movies were dead. Everybody sat like an unpeeled orange. But the music was so beautiful."
LOU REED, THE VIEW FROM THE BANDSTAND