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Was Lou Reed the perfect popstar?

The Velvet Underground singer famously shunned the spotlight, so how would he feel about the mass commercialisation of his legacy, asks Wessie du Toit

By Wessie du Toit  

Lou Reed has died aged 71 from liver disease

Brian Eno’s famous statement about the poor sales of the first Velvet Underground record, “I think everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band,” is so often repeated it has almost become an adage. I probably said it after starting my first band. Such is the fate of music that seems somehow ahead of its time, and especially when it was unpopular in its own time. Was the band’s singer, the brilliant Lou Reed who…

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