Biography of Musician Lou Reed

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Thus, growing up listening to The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, I knew one thing to be true: rock ‘n’ roll. These bands have been decisive parts of my transition to adulthood and have followed me throughout my life, coming in and out like crashing waves. I have spent months listening solely to The Beatles in awe of their virtuosity, hoping it will transfer to me. When I moved home back from South Carolina at the end of this summer, I began to have a profound re-obsession with The Velvet Underground. It seems everyone has their story about how this band has influenced them, for me it was a few bars into Rock & Roll. I listened as a young girl to Lou Reed's lyrics: "She started shakin' to that fine fine music, You know her life was saved by rock 'n' roll." And I too, felt I found my salvation. The day Lou Reed died my heart dropped. Sure, many of the idols in my record crate have come and gone (Harrison, Hendrix, Cobain), but this felt different. I never experienced the actual pain of their death as it had already happen when I begun to listen to their music. Heroin, a song that had always represented obsession and being a slave to passion, was suddenly altered after a friend of mine had died from an overdose last year. I stared out the window of the train as I was going into the city and found myself beginning to…

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