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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
Sunday took one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest and most influential musicians, Lou Reed, who died at age 71 due to complications with a liver transplant. Reed, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, left behind a legacy that shaped the next generation of rock music, including acts like the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, R.E.M. and U2, Weezer and many others. In his passing, several musicians have taken time to remember the artist.
Velvet Underground band mate John Cale:
The news I feared the most, pales in comparison to the lump in my throat and the hollow in my stomach. Two kids have a chance meeting and 47 years later we fight and love the same way — losing either one is incomprehensible. No replacement value, no digital or virtual fill…broken now, for all time. Unlike so many with similar stories — we have the best of our fury laid out on vinyl, for the world to catch a glimpse. The laughs we shared just a few weeks ago, will forever remind me of all that was good between us.
The Smiths’s Morrissey:
No words to express the sadness at the death of Lou Reed. He had been there all of my life. He will always be pressed to my heart. Thank God for those, like Lou, who move within their own laws, otherwise imagine how dull the world would be. I knew the Lou of recent years and he was always full of good heart. His music will outlive time itself.
We are all timebound, but today, with the loss of liberating Lou, life is a pigsty.
’7 glasses used to be
called for six good mates and me
now we only call for three’
Singer David Bowie:
R.I.P. LOU REED
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Lou Reed who died today aged 71. (March 2, 1942 – October 27, 2013)
David Bowie said of his old friend: “He was a master.”
Neil Young, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, and Jenny Lewis covered Velvet Underground’s “Oh Sweet Nuthin’” at the annual Bridge School Benefit in California:
Pearl Jam performed a cover of “I’m Waiting for the Man” at their Baltimore concert:
Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols performed “Perfect Day” with Kirk Hellie and Vanessa Freebairn-Smith:
Many artists also remembered Reed via Twitter:
My intro to Lou Reed/Velvet Underground was Janes Addiction cover of 'Rock n Roll'. He was a singular, unique talent. RIP Lou and thanks— Tom Morello (@tmorello) October 27, 2013
R.I.P. Lou Reed. Walk on the peaceful side.— The Who (@TheWho) October 27, 2013
R.I.P Lou Reed - VU was a big influence when weezer was being formed, and Ric Ocasek told us cool stories of his friendship with him.— weezer (@Weezer) October 27, 2013
Sunday Mourning--we're going to miss you, Lou.— Sub Pop Records (@subpop) October 27, 2013
Lou Reed is the reason i do everything i do— Julian Casablancas (@Casablancas_J) October 27, 2013
"I'm an artist and I can be as egotistical as I want to be" RIP Lou Reed— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) October 27, 2013
So sorry to hear of Lou Reed s passing this is a huge shock!— Kim Gordon (@KimletGordon) October 27, 2013
I love Lou reed so much. Always— Flea (@flea333) October 27, 2013
RIP TO A GREAT FRIEND A FELLOW MUSICIAN. FROM MAXES TO THE MASSES YOU MADE THE WORLD SING. I LOVE YOU LOU! #LouReed— Steven Tyler (@IamStevenT) October 27, 2013
RIP Lou Reed.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)