The death of music legend Lou Reed was the last thing I wanted to read today. Please tell me this is not another celebrity hoax! On Friday rumors of the singer’s alleged demise gained traction after a ‘R.I.P. Lou Reed’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American singer’s passing:
“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (October 25, 2013), our beloved singer Lou Reed passed away. Lou Reed was born on March 2, 1942 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.” --Media Mass
Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 71-year-old singer and songwriter was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over yet another death hoax.
Sunday, October 27,2013.
"Rolling Stone reported on Sunday that musician Lou Reed has died at the age of 71. Reed is best known for his work as guitarist, singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground, and his solo career. Reed had a profound impact on American culture, introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. His work with Andy Warhol is noted as one of the most important collaborations in contemporary culture. His cause of death was not immediately revealed." -Huffington Post
Lou Reed was perhaps the most uncompromising artist in the history of rock and roll. He cannot be replaced, and will be sorely missed. I liked Lou, but didn't know he was 71 years-old. Just another one of my generation gone. It is really starting to hit home with me, that so many artists and musicians I grew up listening to or viewing their work, are now beginning to pass.
The longer we live the more people who have entertained us die and leave an empty space that cannot be filled again. But they gave us joy while living, that is never lost. Those are the only benchmarks that really resonate with me, that tell me the end is nearer than the beginning. Lou brought something special to those who remember. Love him or hate him, he was one of the most intelligent purveyors of music for several decades.
There is no song more poignant than Perfect Day, no song more raw that Walk on the Wild Side, nothing more infectious than Satellite of Love. The Velvet Underground was so far ahead of its time that alternative music is still trying to catch up with them.
I am sad to see Lou has died. But to be honest, who among us fans thought that he'd make it to the age of 71. He leaves behind quite an impressive legacy. I saw him play at CBGB in the 70's and it was nothing but a life changing moment for me.
Good bye to an absolute legend --you took a walk on the wild side for all of us. "Some kinds of love the possibilities are endless." Lou left us with just that with his impact upon music and culture. Thank you Lou for helping me through tough times. You will be missed and always loved.
And the colored girls go
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