Lou Reed, one of the most influential artists of our time, has sadly passed away today at the age of 71. Cause of death has not yet been reported, however Reed underwent a liver transplant earlier this year.
John Richards, host of The Morning Show on KEXP and Associate Program Director, has said, “We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Lou Reed, a legendary artist whose influence and work has guided, if not transcended popular music norms. His grace, compassion and artistry will continue to inspire generations of musicians and listeners for many years to come. His music will, of course, remain a bedrock of music featured on KEXP.”
As Brian Eno is attributed to saying, “The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band.” Reed’s legacy and impact, both with The Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, will continue to resonant through music for all time.