I am super sad about this next news...SUPER SAD.
Lou Reed, the punk poet of rock n roll who influenced generations of musicans as the leader of the Velvet Underground died Sunday at the age of 71.
While he never approached the commerical success of such stars as the Beatles or Bob Dylan, no songwriter has emerged that had more of an impact since them but Lou. He introduced the world to the experimental theater in combination of rock music.
He pretty much began the indie rock that was introduced in the 1960s. The punk New Wave and alternative rock movements that followed in the 70s, 80s, and 90s were all due to Reed who songs were covered by REM, Phish, Nirvana, Patti Smith and countless others.
My favorite quote about his impact was this: "The first Velvet Underground record sold 30,000 copies in the first five years. I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." - Brian Eno, Roxy Music.
Lou will be missed by countless musicians and fans alike.
"Despite all the complications
You can just dance to that rock n roll station
And it was alright.... "
Here is one of my favorite Phish covers a Lou classic... Rock N Roll