Lou Reed influenced generations of bands with mixture of European and US styles of sound and art.

This article titled “Lou Reed, lead singer of Velvet Underground, dies aged 71” was written by Sam Jones and Shiv Malik, for The Guardian on Sunday 27th October 2013 22.49 UTC

Lou Reed, lead singer of the Velvet Underground, veteran chronicler of life's wilder, seamier and more desperate side and one of the most influential and distinctive songwriters of his generation, has died at the age of 71.

He had been suffering from liver failure and received a transplant earlier this year.

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