After 71 colorful years, the immensely influential musician Lou Reed (born on 2 March 1942) passed away on Sunday, 27 October 2013. Not since Elvis has rock’n’roll received such a loss, and the indelible mark this distinctly talented artist left on the world is seen in the innumerable bands he inspired, the expressive music he created both as a solo act and with The Velvet Underground and his inspirational nature as an ultimately edgy yet joyful person. Lou Reed was the definition of cool—progressive, pensive, caring, optimistic and unafraid—and he was a friend to many and an innovator within his craft. At 12 minutes long, his haunting cover of “See That My Grave Is Kept Clean” demonstrates his poetic intellect and in turn feels like a fitting goodbye to this iconic man.
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