Lou Reed was 71. His band the Velvet Underground became one of the most influential in rock by fusing art and music in collaboration with artist Andy Warhol in 1960s New York.
Seven years ago I wrote about my late discovery of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground when I heard "Perfect Day" on the Trainspotting soundtrack in 1996. "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed and "Heroin" by the Velvet Underground remain staples of my MP3 playlists. He will be missed.