Lou Reed, 1942-2013


Lou Reed died Sunday, Oct. 27, from liver disease. He was 71.

A hugely influential musician and songwriter, whose band The Velvet Underground got its start as part of Andy Warhol’s multimedia show the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Reed died from liver disease at home in Amagansett, Long Island. The Brooklyn-born Reed was married to musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson. He had undergone a liver transplant earlier this year.

The Velvet Underground’s association with Warhol extended from 1965 to ’67; the artist designed the iconic cover for the band’s debut album, featuring a yellow banana sticker on a white background.

Reed and former Velvets bandmate John Cale released an album devoted to Warhol, Songs for Drella, in 1990, three years after the artist’s death.