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100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

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Lou Reed


Lou Reed
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Reed's ramrod stroke makes him one of the all-time great rhythm players, and he brought a thrilling sense of anarchy to his leads. With the Velvet Underground, he established a sound that owed as much to free-jazz maverick Ornette Coleman as to "Louie Louie."

 
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