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What Is Lou Reed’s Legacy To Rock Music?

With the passing of Lou Reed (on October 27, 2013 - due to complications from liver disease), a lot of folks in the rock world are wondering what to make of his legacy.   There are some who might ask:  Who was Lou Reed?  This question is probably valid - especially to someone who is younger than 40 or someone who hasn't studied rock and roll history;  Lou wasn't a commercial-success in the sense of an Eric Clapton or even a Ronnie Wood.  But to write off Lou Reed's importance to rock music would be unrestricted.  In many ways, Lou's importance was that of the classic "behind-the-scenes" artist who created the path that others rode more easily down.

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