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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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‘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 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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