Pop-culture Expert: Lou Reed Has Influenced Garage Bands for 50 Years

The singer-songwriter took 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll into the shadows, exposing the darker side to that era.

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Legendary musician Lou Reed died at his home Sunday, at the age of 71. The singer-songwriter took 1960s Rock ‘n’ Roll into the shadows, exposing the darker side to that era. Texas Tech’s pop culture expert says his style influenced generations of musicians for many years to come.

Expert
Rob Weiner, associate librarian and pop culture expert, Texas Tech University Library, (806) 834-5126 office, (806) 780-8775 mobile, or rob.weiner@ttu.edu.

Quotes

  • “There are those performers and artists who are called iconic, and those who actually were iconic. Lou Reed is in the latter category.”
  • “Reed was able to capture the humanities dark side in way that few artists are able. He understood the human condition, and wrote about it from drug addiction to sex. He knew what it was like to have a monkey on one's back and troubles it caused.”
  • “The Velvet Underground was personified the alternative music of 1960s, along with bands like the MC5, The Stooges, Standells, The Sonics, the Seeds, Mothers of Invention/Zappa/Doors. The band was Andy Warhol’s “art” house band for this experimental “happenings.”
  • “The Velvet Underground influenced thousands of underground bands and continues to do so. They were dark and unique and Reed’s songwriting structure and lyrical content struck a chord that turned flower power on its head.”
  • “Reed never stopped experimenting and growing as an artist. One of his last projects was his collaboration with Metallica (LuLu) showing that he was open to working with unique artists and trying new musical ventures.”