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 Lou Reed in New York in 2011: I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics shows him to be a true rock ’n’ roll poet. Photograph: Chad Batka/New York Times

Faber & Faber’s forthcoming reissue of Lou Reed’s I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Collected Lyrics revives a question that’s been kicking around since B(...)

Wendy James on The Velvet Underground and Nico: ‘The band taught me how to write a pop song with as much sneering, insouciant naivety as Lou Reed.’

The first time I ever heard their first album The Velvet Underground and Nico was in a bedsit with Nicholas Christian Sayer, the guitarist and my musi(...)

Jonathan Richman: “His path and the truth always had to be aligned”

Jonathan Richman is an enigma. A beautiful one. The truth is never far away in any one of his many types of songs. He wears his heart on his sleeve. (...)

Lou Reed, who has died aged 71, was a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on generations of rock musicians.

Lou Reed, who has died aged 71, was a singer-songwriter and guitarist whose work with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s had a major influence on gen(...)

Released in 1972,  ‘Transformer’ featured Reed’s most successful pop songs, ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, ‘Perfect Day’ and ‘Satellite of Love’.

Velvet Underground Formed in 1964 and largely commercially ignored, they have been long regarded as one of the most important and influential groups o(...)

Lou Reed performing during Lincoln Center’s American Songbook series  in New York, in  2010. Reed, best known for his work with The Velvet Underground and for songs including Perfect Day and Walk on the Wild Side, died on Sunday aged 71. Photograph: Chad Batka/The New York Times

Lou Reed, one of rock music’s most influential alternative music figures, died yesterday at the age of 71. The cause of death has not yet been release(...)

Lou Reed

Lou Reed, influential rock musician and founder member of The Velvet Underground, has died aged 71.His literary agent, Andrew Wylie, confirmed that he(...)

Mark Lanegan: Imitations

Screaming Tree, Gutter Twin, Queen of the Stone Age: Mark Lanegan has been around the block in his 48 years, so we’ll forgive the fact that his eighth(...)

Film review: White House Down

Remember The Darkness? In another era, the Lowestoft band travelled the worrying limbo between pastiche and sincere bombast. That’s to say they someho(...)