Lou Reed Biography (Wikipedia)
Lewis Allan Reed (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013) was an American musician, singer, songwriter and poet. He was the lead guitarist, singer and principal songwriter for the rock band the Velvet Underground and also had a solo career that spanned five decades. The Velvet Underground were not a commercial success during their existence, but are now regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of underground and alternative rock music.
After leaving the band in 1970, Reed released twenty solo studio albums. His second, Transformer (1972), was produced by David Bowie and arranged by Mick Ronson, and brought mainstream recognition. After Transformer, the less commercial Berlin reached No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Rock n Roll Animal (a live album released in 1974) sold strongly, and Sally Can't Dance (1974) peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard 200; but for a long period after, Reed's work did not translate into sales, leading him deeper into drug addiction and alcoholism. Reed cleaned up in the early 1980s, and gradually returned to prominence with New Sensations (1984), reaching a critical and commercial career peak with his 1989 album New York.
- Lars Ulrich: What was Lou Reed like?https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04k0pf2.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04k0pf2.jpg2016-12-03T08:10:00.000ZLars Ulrich talks to Mary Anne about what it was like to work with Lou Reed.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04k0pf3
Lars Ulrich: What was Lou Reed like?
- Jarvis Cocker tribute to Lou Reedhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01kv6rn.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01kv6rn.jpg2013-11-04T10:41:00.000ZJarvis takes a personal look back over the career of Lou Reed, who passed away recently.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01kv745
Jarvis Cocker tribute to Lou Reed
- Lou Reed and photographer Mick Rock join Nemonehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g69wf.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01g69wf.jpg2013-09-05T14:49:00.000ZLou Reed and Mick Rock speak to Nemone about a limited edition book and record set.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01g69wj
Lou Reed and photographer Mick Rock join Nemone
Lou Reed Tracks
Past BBC Events
Latest Lou Reed News
Performances & Interviews from Similar Artists
Berlin Wall Soundscape
Tom Hingston: How to capture an artist in one image
David Bowie course offered at Leeds University
Robert Smith talks about David Bowie's unique Meltdown headline show in 2002 ahead of curating his own Meltdown Festival.
A surgeon's operating playlist
"That was a musical highlight of my life" - Win Butler on leading a parade celebrating the life of David Bowie
How the arts can combat climate change
How varied are your musical tastes?
What music are you a fan of?
6 Music Breakfast plays radio world exclusive of David Bowie's "Let's Dance" and Matt chats to Nile Rodgers