As you may or may not have heard, Lou Reed passed away yesterday due to liver complications.
What a loss. What a pioneer.
I will admit that I am not well versed in Lou's catalog (Velvet Underground and otherwise), but I am well versed in what he did for music and for culture in general.
From Almost Famous :
"You like Lou Reed?"
"The early stuff. In his new stuff he's trying to be Bowie, but he should just be himself."
Rest in peace, Lou Reed. Your music will live on, your influence will not be forgotten - even on those who haven't quite gotten there yet.