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Name: Lou Reed                                                                                 
Born: 2 March 1942 Brooklyn, New York                                                           
Lou Reed, (born March 2, 1942), is an influential American rock singer-songwriter               
and guitarist. He first came to prominence as the guitarist and principal singer-songwriter     
of The Velvet Underground (1965-1973). The band gained little mainstream                       
attention during their career, but in hindsight became one of the most                         
influential of their era. As the Velvets principal songwriter, Reed wrote                       
about subjects of personal experience that rarely had been examined in rock and                 
roll, including bondage and S&M ("Venus in Furs"), transvestites ("Sister Ray"                 
and "Candy Says"), drug culture ("Heroin" and "I'm Waiting for the Man"), and                   
transsexuals undergoing surgery ("Lady Godiva's Operation"). As a guitarist, he                 
was a pioneer in the use of distortion, high volume feedback, and nonstandard                   
Reed began a long and eclectic solo career in 1971. He had a hit the following                 
year with "Walk on the Wild Side", though for more than a decade Reed seemed to                 
willfully evade the mainstream commercial success its chart status offered him.                 
One of rock's most volatile personalities, Reed's work as a solo artist has                     
frustrated critics wishing for a return of The Velvet Underground. The most                     
notable example is 1975's infamous double LP of recorded feedback loops, Metal                 
Machine Music, upon which Reed later commented, "no one is supposed to be able                 
to do a thing like that and survive." By the late 1980s, however, Reed had won                 
wide recognition as an elder statesman of rock.