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Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his successful solo career, which spans several decades and crosses multiple genres. The Velvet Underground gained little mainstream attention during their career, but became one of the most influential bands of their era. As the Velvet Underground's main songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined so openly in rock and roll, including a variety of sexual topics and drug culture. As a guitarist, he pioneered many guitar effects including distortion, high volume feedback, and non-standard tunings.
March 17, 2011
The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Billy Corgan and The Cure's Robert Smith will all feature on David Bowie's new live album. The album, entitled 'Birthday Celebration - Live in NYC 1997', will be released in the US on April 26. Read more
March 4, 2011
Morrissey will headline this year’s Hop Farm festival in Kent, it’s been announced. The former Smiths star will play on Saturday of the event, which takes place at the Hop Farm in Paddock Wood from July 1-2. It will be his only festival appearance of 2011. Read more
November 19, 2010
The Velvet Underground singer Lou Reed, priemerd his new 28 minute film about his 102-year old cousin at the Vienna Film Festival. The film 'Red Shirley' features Reed interviewing his cousin Shirley Novack about her life, including tales of the Nazi threat in 1938, reports the Independent. Read more
September 10, 2010
Lou Reed has denied reports that he refused to allow Susan Boyle to sing his hit 'Perfect Day' on America's Got Talent. On Thursday, tabloid reports claimed the Britain's Got Talent star had been reduced to tears by Reed's refusal. Read more
September 9, 2010
Lou Reed brought Susan Boyle to tears after he refused to allow her to sing his hit, ‘Perfect Day’, it’s been reported. The Britain’s Got Talent star was due to perform the song with a 100-strong choir on America’s Got Talent. Read more
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