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Concerts

Lou Reed, from a live performance at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club.

May 6, 2008 Hear the legendary rock artist recorded live, in concert from Asbury Park's Paramount Theatre.

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Studio Sessions

Lou Reed.

October 29, 2013 In this archival conversation, the influential singer offers insights into The Velvet Underground.

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Interviews & Profiles

"[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.

October 29, 2013 "In Lou Reed's world, when you were Lou's friend you knew it," his longtime publicist says.

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Discover Songs

March 8, 2007 Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst is a gifted and prolific songwriter, accomplishing more by the...

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June 29, 2006 The editors of Paste magazine wondered: who are the best living songwriters around. They gathere...

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December 21, 2003 It certainly is the age of the song. The days of the MP3 aren't so different from the days of th...

February 17, 2003 A musical trainwreck from Bill Joy; The poetry of Poe as sung by Lou Reed; Rebel warriors turned...

News

Lou Reed onstage in London in 1975 playing a transparent, Plexiglass guitar. Reed died Sunday. He was 71.

October 27, 2013 Lou Reed epitomized New York City's artistic underbelly in the 1970s. He died Sunday at age 71.

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Lou Reed and Metallica.

October 19, 2011 The unlikely Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration has inspired fans to pre-cover Lulu with a wink.

More Stories

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.

December 4, 2013 All Songs Considered's wide-ranging discussion of the music that meant the most in 2013.

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Lou Reed

December 4, 2013 All Songs Considered's wide-ranging discussion of the music that meant the most in 2013.

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Lou Reed Tipping Hat, 1997

November 1, 2013 Listeners share their thoughts and memories of Lou Reed and his music.

Lou Reed onstage in Amsterdam in 1975.

October 27, 2013 Reed's message is that opening up your being is inevitable, dangerous and the main purpose of life.

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 29: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Musician Lou Reed performs during the Creative Coalition's "Seconding the First" Gala Benefit Concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom on October 29, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)

October 27, 2013 Share your thoughts, stories and memories of the rock iconoclast's music.

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