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New York: Remembering Lou Reed's creative rebirth

Lou Reed was no longer the rock’n’roll animal of the 70s, but at the end of the 80s, railing against socio-political poison, he rediscovered his punk mojo

Lou Reed's New York has been voted as number 31 in our countdown of the 100 Greatest Albums Of The 1980s. Read the full article here.

Lou Reed’s 1960s expanded rock’s parameters. His work with the Velvet Underground, as fearlessly transgressive as any outsider art, toughened the nascent genre, matured its lyrical lingua franca from Brill Building baby talk to frank, unexpurgated Hubert Selby Jr grime, while cranking its carefree Green Onions grooves toward searing proto-metal aggression. His solo 70s sealed his dark reputation as street-smart rock’n’roll animal. Deadpan, dangerous, embraced by glam and punk movements alike as a reluctant prime mover, his reputation for critic-confounding artistic forward momentum was unparalleled. From Transformer to Street Hassle, here was a shark among minnows.

And then the 80s happened.

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