Lou Reed

Singer-songwriter + Guitarist + Record Producer + Photographer

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed, born March 2, 1942, is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Lou Reed.


1942 Birth Born on March 2, 1942.


1960 18 Years Old Upon his recovery from the bout of illness and associated treatment, Reed resumed his education at Syracuse University in 1960, studying journalism, film directing, and creative writing. … Read More
1961 19 Years Old In 1961, he began hosting a late-night radio program on WAER called Excursions On A Wobbly Rail. … Read More


Reed graduated with honors from Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences with a B.A. in English in June 1964. … Read More
1968 26 Years Old By the time the band recorded White Light/White Heat, Nico had quit and Warhol had been fired, both against Cale's wishes. Warhol's replacement as manager was Steve Sesnick. In 1968, Cale left the band at Reed's behest. … Read More
1970 28 Years Old 1 More Event
Reed left the band in August 1970 and briefly retired to his parents' home on Long Island. … Read More
1971 29 Years Old In 1971, he signed a recording contract with RCA Records and recorded his first solo album in London with top session musicians including Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman, members of the progressive rock group Yes. … Read More


1972 30 Years Old 1 More Event
Reed's breakthrough album, Transformer, was released in November 1972. … Read More
1974 32 Years Old …  He wrote about the experience in his 1974 song, "Kill Your Sons". … Read More
…  Rock 'n' Roll Animal, and its follow-up released in early 1975 Lou Reed Live, primarily featuring live Transformer material, were both recorded at the same show (Academy Of Music, NYC December 21, 1973), and kept Reed in the public eye with strong sales. (The later expanded CD version of Rock 'n' Roll Animal taken together with Lou Reed Live are the entirety of the show that night, although not in the running order it was performed.)
1976 - 1977 2 More Events
In 1980, Reed married British designer Sylvia Morales. … Read More


1985 43 Years Old On September 22, 1985, Reed performed at the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois. … Read More
1986 44 Years Old In June 1986, Reed released Mistrial (co-produced with Fernando Saunders), a more commercial album than previous records. … Read More
1987 45 Years Old Following Warhol's death after routine surgery in 1987, Reed again collaborated with John Cale on the biographical Songs for Drella (1990), Warhol's nickname. … Read More


1992 - 1994 2 More Events
1996 54 Years Old 1 More Event
His 1996 album, Set the Twilight Reeling, and 2000's Ecstasy, both produced by Hal Willner, drew praise from most critics.
1998 - 1999 2 More Events
2000 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Reed was nominated for the Rock Hall as a solo artist thrice, in 2000, 2001 and 2015 and was chosen to be inducted at the April 18, 2015 ceremony in Cleveland.
In 2001, Reed made a cameo appearance in the movie adaptation of Prozac Nation.


In 2003, he released a 2-CD set, The Raven, based on "Poe-Try". … Read More
2004 - 2005 3 More Events
In January 2006, a second book of photographs, Lou Reed's New York, was released.
In April 2007, he released Hudson River Wind Meditations, a record of ambient meditation music. … Read More
They married on April 12, 2008.
The trio played further shows at New York's Gramercy Theater in April 2009, and appeared as part of Reed's band at the 2009 Lollapalooza, including a ten-minute free trio improvisation.
2010 - 2011 3 More Events
In January 2012, Reed and John Cale sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for the license to use the yellow banana image from Warhol's art for The Velvet Underground & Nico album.
In May 2013, Reed underwent a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
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