Updated: Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side singer dies

Daily Echo: Lou Reed at Isle of Wight Festival Lou Reed at Isle of Wight Festival

Lou Reed, the punk-poet of rock n' roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the 1960s cult band Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after, has died.

Reed's literary agent Andrew Wylie says the legendary musician died on Sunday morning in Southampton, New York, at the age of 71 of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant.

Daily Echo:

Reed never approached the commercial success of such contemporaries as the Beatles and Bob Dylan, but no songwriter to emerge after Dylan so radically expanded the territory of rock lyrics.

No band did more than the Velvet Underground to open rock music to the avant-garde - to experimental theatre, art, literature and film, to William Burroughs and Kurt Weill, to John Cage and Andy Warhol, Reed's early patron and long-time inspiration.

His hits included Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side and in 2006 he headllined the Isle of Wight Festival.

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7:04pm Sun 27 Oct 13

SOULJACKER says...

That must pretty much all the Velvet underground up there now.
R.I.P Mr Reed & take one more walk on the wild side :(
That must pretty much all the Velvet underground up there now. R.I.P Mr Reed & take one more walk on the wild side :( SOULJACKER

9:36pm Sun 27 Oct 13

10 Minute Man says...

SOULJACKER wrote:
That must pretty much all the Velvet underground up there now.
R.I.P Mr Reed & take one more walk on the wild side :(
Eh ? Moe Tucker and John Cale are still going afaik. Sterling Morrison went in the 90s at some point.
[quote][p][bold]SOULJACKER[/bold] wrote: That must pretty much all the Velvet underground up there now. R.I.P Mr Reed & take one more walk on the wild side :([/p][/quote]Eh ? Moe Tucker and John Cale are still going afaik. Sterling Morrison went in the 90s at some point. 10 Minute Man

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