Death of an anti-salesman

So sad to hear of the death of Lou Reed. One of those rare musicians who actually changed what the world understood as music and spawned a whole new genre. With Velvet Underground, he was the first to reject the accepted norms of commercial music and created music for those who were socially disenfranchised and marginalized. He also gave many people who were not technically great musicians or singers, the confidence to make music and innovate. His songs were the musical equivalent of the Naive movement in art; honest, basic, unaffected, communication. I was fortunate enough to see him in concert at the Horden Pavilion, Sydney, in the mid-seventies, at the hight of his prowess and basking in the success of his one huge hit album, Transformer (it took the commercial genius of David Bowie and Mick Ronson to make him accessible to the masses).
RIP Lou Reed, a life on the wild side, ended. http://youtu.be/FwDZT8XXkFw

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