Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Valerie June, Mike Milosh of Rhye; bottom row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Earl Sweatshirt. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says. Karl Walter/Getty Images hide caption

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Lou Reed, from a live performance at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club. Joel Didriksen for NPR/kingpinphoto.com hide caption

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