Lou Reed has gone but is guaranteed as a rock and roll immortal – play all the sad songs you know.
A lot of words will be written in the next few days and weeks. All will confirm that he was one of the towering figures of rock.
For his work with The Velvet Underground alone, he deserves a place in every hall of fame. They are still a band who sound ahead of their time.
His solo work was more uneven but always real.
He had no time for bullshit or the pretentious glam that saps the creative force of lesser mortals.
Berlin and New York are my own favorites but you can find something worthy in everything he did.
Listening now to Songs For Drella – the tribute he made with John Cale for Andy Warhol.
Who’s gonna make songs for Lou?