Lou Reed, the singer-songwriter-guitarist who influenced rock and roll for generations, passed away on October 27th.
Lou Reed managed to elevate song lyrics into poetry while dealing with the weird, seedy, or dangerous elements of society in a very objective manner. His music -- with the Velvet Underground and afterwards -- affected everything from glam rock to punk to alternative music. Brian Eno said that while The Velvet Underground & Nico only sold 30,000 copies in its first years, "Everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band." Lou Reed showed that the combination of writing, guitar, social awareness and distinctive vocals could accomplish. He will be missed.
(who ranks The Velvet Underground & Nico as one of his top 10 albums)