Rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71

Rock legend Lou Reed dies at 71

(from cnn.com)

“In 1982, Reed told The New York Times that his goal wasn’t just to make music, but create literature. “People say rock ‘n’ roll is constricting, but you can do anything you want, any way you want,” he said. ‘And my goal has been to make an album that would speak to people the way Shakespeare speaks to me, the way Joyce speaks to me. Something with that kind of power; something with bite to it.'”

Surely a unique presence in modern art, before him a number of human rights subjects were taboo for the prude, maybe still are, but as always, “harsh … is the path towards wisdom.”

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