Lou Reed performs live on stage at Concertgebouw, Amsterdam on May 19, 1974. Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns.
Pioneering musician Lou Reed, whose work profoundly influenced rock ‘n’ roll, died Sunday at the age of 71 from liver disease. Reed is best known as the founder, singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his song “Walk on the Wild Side.” Over the course of his career, Reed collaborated with other legends like Andy Warhol and David Bowie.
To learn more about Lou Reed’s life and music, check out this feature-length documentary created by PBS’s American Masters in 1998. The film, which screened at Sundance Film Festival that same year, features interviews with Reed, Bowie, Patti Smith and many others.