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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. Though the Velvet Underground were a commercial failure in the late 1960s, the group has gained a considerable cult following in the years ... more »

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  • ''I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.''
    Lou Reed (b. 1944), U.S. rock musician. Evening Standard (London, June 8, 1989).
  • ''I'm waiting for my man
    Twenty-six dollars in my hand
    Up to Lexington 1-2-5
    Feeling sick and dirty more dead than alive
    I'm waiting for my man.''
    Lou Reed (b. 1944), U.S. rock musician. "I'm Waiting for the Man" (song), from the album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967).
  • Andy passes through things, but so do we. He sat down and had a talk with me. "You gotta decide what you want to do. Do you want to keep just playing museums from now on and the art festivals? Or do y...
    Lou Reed (b. 1944), U.S. rock musician. Interview in Rolling Stone (New York, May 4, 1989).
  • ''When you're growing up in a small town
    You know you'll grow down in a small town
    There is only one good use for a small town
    You hate it and you know you'll have to leave.''
    Lou Reed (b. 1944), U.S. rock musician. Small Town (song), from the album Songs for Drella (1990).
  • ''Take a walk on the wild side.''
    Lou Reed (b. 1943), U.S. rock musician. Walk on the Wild Side (song), on the album Transformer (1972).
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