Lou Reed was an American musician, singer, and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist and guitarist of the influential rock band, The Velvet Underground. Reed was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1942 and began his musical career in the early 1960s.
The Velvet Underground, which formed in 1965, was known for its experimental sound, avant-garde lyrics, and association with artist Andy Warhol. Reed's distinctive voice and poetic lyrics were key elements of the band's sound, which blended rock, folk, and avant-garde influences.
After leaving The Velvet Underground in 1970, Reed embarked on a successful solo career. His solo work was characterized by his confessional and often controversial lyrics, as well as his eclectic musical style. Some of his most famous songs include "Walk on the Wild Side," "Perfect Day," and "Satellite of Love."
Reed's music often explored themes of drug use, sexuality, and the darker side of life in New York City. His work has been influential on generations of musicians and he is often cited as one of the pioneers of punk and alternative rock.
Reed continued to perform and release music throughout his career, and he received numerous accolades for his contributions to music, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Velvet Underground. He died in 2013 at the age of 71.