Lou Reed [ L u ː ɹ i ː d ] , born March 2, 1942 in Brooklyn (New York) and died on October 27, 2013 in Southampton (Long Island, New York), is an American singer-songwriter who has begun his career with The Velvet Underground. He was one of the guitarists, one of the singers and the main author of the songs; he composed many titles that became popular after the group split in 1970. The Velvet Underground had a major influence on several generations of composers, despite its lack of commercial success in the 1960s.
Brian Eno is credited with the remark that the few thousand fans who bought the first Velvet Underground record have each created a band. Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, which became rock icons, remain legendary despite the confidentiality of their debut. The darkness of the lyrics and the music of Lou Reed, at the top of the album Berlin, has long obliterated any commercial success. The spoken-spoken voice is another "trademark" of Lou Reed.
Lou Reed, "prince of the night and anxieties", as Andy Warhol called him, gets a real commercial success with the title Walk on the Wild Side.
Lewis Alan Reed is born in the Brooklyn district of New York>. Lou Reed is the son of Sidney George Reed, an accountant deleted from Manhattan who changed his name, Rabinowitz , into Reed , and Toby Futterman Reed, a mother to the strong personality of Brooklyn. Both New York Jews, they live in Freeport, Long Island, in the suburbs of New York. Lou has a younger younger sister of 5, Merrill Reed Weiner.
Lou Reed studied piano at the age of five. But he is passionate about rock 'n' roll, doo-wop, literature, modern jazz and free jazz in particular (Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman, in particular) and prefers the guitar, which he learns by copying the records from his collection. In 1958, he co-wrote and recorded, as a guitarist, a So Blue single in the doo-wop style as part of a band originally called The Shades renamed The Jades thereafter.