March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013
Lou Reed, who took rock 'n' roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said. He was 71.
Reed, violist/keyboard player John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison and drummer Maureen Tucker played their first show as the Velvet Underground in 1965 and soon drew the attention of pop artist Andy Warhol, who became their manager. Rock mythology has it that even though the group sold few albums, everyone who bought one started a band.
"The world has lost a fine songwriter and poet. I've lost my 'school-yard buddy,' " Cale wrote on Twitter.
In 1970, Reed left the Velvets for a long solo career. He had his only Top 40 hit with "Walk on the Wild Side," from the Bowie-produced 1972 album "Transformer," and Rolling Stone put both that album and 1973's "Berlin" on its top 500 list.
Reed "was one of the first artists to experiment with guitar feedback on record and to show that sort of ugly noise can actually be quite beautiful and moving. He also, lyrically, wrote about all kinds of topics that were taboo before he started exploring them," said Vozick-Levinson.
"People say rock 'n' roll is constricting, but you can do anything you want, any way you want,'' he said. "And my goal has been to make an album that would speak to people the way Shakespeare speaks to me, the way Joyce speaks to me. Something with that kind of power; something with bite to it."
"One chord is fine," he once said, alluding to his bare-bones guitar style. "Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz."
How about some covers from Archive.org grab all here
1.Walk On The Wild Side -Yarn.mp3
2.Pale Blue Eyes -Yarn.mp3
3.Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - Yarn.mp3
4.Kill Your Sons - Big Sexy Noise.mp3
5.Jesus - Peter Mulvey.mp3
6.Walk On The Wild Side - Javier Trejo.mp3
7.Oh Sweet Nuthin' - Matthew Shadley Band.mp3
8.Mission District \ All Tomorrows Parties -The Black Angels.mp3
9.All Tomorrow's Parties - The Black Angels.mp3
10.What Goes On - Ted Leo.mp3
11.Tower Of Song / I'm Waiting For The Man - Steve Wynn.mp3
12.Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - My Morning Jacket.mp3
13.Venus in Furs - Smashing Pumpkins.mp3
14.Who Love the Sun - Guster.mp3
15.All In the Pack \ Foggy Notion - The Gourds.mp3
16.Walk & Talk - Fruition.mp3
17.Stephanie Says - Danny Barnes.mp3
18.Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies.mp3
19.Femme Fatale - Billy Corgan.mp3
20.Rock and Roll - 8 Track.mp3