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Lou Reed’s Life in Photos

From the Velvet Underground to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a look back at the rock pioneer’s remarkable career

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Lou Reed poses for a photo in the Sixties. 

Read Rolling Stone's Lou Reed obituary here, and listen to 20 essential Reed tracks here.

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Iggy Pop and Debbie Harry

Lou Reed with Debbie Harry and Iggy Pop at a party for a book on Blondie in New York on May 4th, 1982.

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Satellite of Love

Lou Reed and Alicia Keys perform "Satellite of Love" at the Pusher's Ball to benefit Keep A Child Alive at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Center for the Arts in New York on December 1st, 2004.

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Free Tibet

Lou Reed performs with Trey Anastasio during the 15th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on February 9th, 2005.

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Rebel, Rebel

 Lou Reed and David Bowie attend the opening of Lou Reed NY photography exhibit at the Gallery at Hermes  in New York City on January 19th, 2006.

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‘Lou Reed’s New York’

Lou Reed opens his photo exhibition entitled 'Lou Reed's New York' at gallery Serieuze Zaken Studios in Amsterdam on October 11th, 2007.

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Lou-tallica: The Beginning

Lou Reed performs with James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett of Metallica during rehearsals for the 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York in October, 2009.

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Mermaid Parade

Lou Reed and his wife, Laurie Anderson, attend the 2010 Mermaid Parade at Coney Island in New York on June 19th, 2010.

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Lou-tallica

Lou Reed and James Hetfield of Metallica perform on day two of Metallica's 30th anniversary shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 7th, 2011.

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Signature Flare

Lou Reed attends John Varvatos Presents Transformer By Lou Reed And Mick Rock in New York City on October 3rd, 2013.

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