It was announced today that Lou Reed died at the age of 71 years old. In Reed’s death announcement, Rolling Stone called the Velvet Underground, “the most influential American rock band of all time.”
Those of us who collect Andy Warhol’s records and celebrate his influence on music and design, recognize the power of the relationship between Reed and Warhol on music of the sixties, seventies and beyond.
From the Velvet Underground and Nico Banana LP, to the Songs For Drella, and the many great VU bootlegs, we have much to celebrate from this great collaboration.
As the great Warhol cover collector Kevin Kinney said recently, “a moment of silence is in order, followed by a listen to the Velvet Underground.” Take another listen and take yourself back to the sixties and imagine Warhol hearing this raw band and deciding to bet his brand on them.
R.I.P Lou Reed, through your work and your association with Andy Warhol, you will never be forgotten.