Lou Reed, Legend, Dead at 71


Lou Reed, singer-songwriter and guitarist in New York City’s the Velvet Underground, died Sunday. He was 71.

In April of this year Reed received a liver transplant in Cleveland. Afterward he took to his website and said he felt “bigger and stronger” than ever. “I am a triumph of modern medicine, physics, and chemistry,” he wrote on June 1, 2013. “I look forward to being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.”

Our thoughts and condolences go out to Reed’s family and friends. Below are remembrances and more — including a few Lou Reed gems from our archive.

Magic and Loss: The Death of Lou Reed by Peter Gerstenzang

Sunday Mourning: Voice Columnist Richard Nusser Remembers Lou Reed by Tessa Stuart

The Voice‘s 1967 Review of Velvet Underground’s Debut Album by Richard Goldstein (April 13, 1967)

The Voice‘s 1970 Review of Velvet Underground’s Last Performances by Richard Nusser (July 2, 1970)

The Voice‘s 1973 Review of Lou Reed’s First Solo Performance by Richard Nusser (February 1, 1973)

Good Evening, Mr. Reed: The Voice‘s 1989 Review of Lou Reed’s New York by Tom Carson (January 24, 1989)

Robert Christgau’s review of Street Hassle

The Voice‘s Full Coverage: Lou Reed: 1942-2013