Lou Reed died yesterday at the age of 71. He was the lead singer of the Velvet Underground – a band who was managed by Andy Warhol – and had a long career as a solo artist with a fan base that included David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Patti Smith (not to mention that he was married to performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson). He was also a true pioneer who wrote lyrics that dealt with homosexuality and drug addiction at a time when these subjects were very much taboo. He also had an iconic, signature style that captured his dark, rebellious side.

1983
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1970s
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1970s
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1975
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2013 cover of The Times featuring a portrait from 1975.
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Hedi Slimane for V magazine, 2013.
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1972 album Transformer, shot by Mick Rock.
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With Andy Warhol at a release party for Rock and Roll Heart. New York, 1976.
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With David Bowie and Iggy Pop. London, 1972.
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With Mick Jagger and David Bowie after Bowie’s last performance as Ziggy Stardust. London, 1973.
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©Transformerby Lou Reed and Mick Rock.

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