Goodbye Lou and Thank You

A small tribute and thank you and good bye to pure New Yorker Lou Reed, who passed away this week.

If anyone catalyzed and captured and relayed a moment in the underground art and music scene, it was him, especially in the 1960s and 1970s. In the last few days there were so many great tributes to this guy, and even though we knew he had been ill, it was hard news to learn of our loss. Our condolences and thoughts are with his partner and friends and family.

Without falling into clichés and overstretching our abilities to describe how important his music, his energy, his attitude, his person was, we’ll just say that for more many a lost kid who felt like they were living in the margins Lou was a one of the powerful magnets drawing us to big gritty New York City to be ourselves, together.

Thank you Lou.


Here is a tribute wall completed this week by Gus Gutty of the Lords Crew in Asheville, North Carolina, painted with aerosol freehand. “Lou Reed was one of my all time favorite song writers,” says Gus. (photo © Gus Cutty)