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Lou Reed on YouTube: 10 Incredible Videos

Check out these essential clips that span the iconic musician's career
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Looking Back at Lou

Lou Reed, who died Sunday at 71, left behind four decades of experimental rock and roll, sometimes simplistic and powerful, other times shrill, improvisational, punishing. He could be grumpy and uncooperative onstage, but mostly he just liked to pick up his guitar and rock, from his days with the Velvet Underground to more recent shows with sympathetic sidemen such as bassist Fernando Saunders and singer Antony. Crank these videos from drastically different phases of his career while toasting Reed with his lyrics from 1992: "There's a bit of magic in everything. And some loss to even things out."

Read Rolling Stone's Lou Reed obituary.

By STEVE KNOPPER

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