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Reed, Lou

Born: 1942 AD
Currently alive, at 73 years of age.
Nationality: N/A
Categories: Guitarist, Singer

1942 – He was born on the 2nd day of March this year in Brooklyn, New York.


1963 – He moved to New York City, and began working as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records.


1964 – He scored a minor hit with "The Ostrich", a parody of then-popular dances.


1965 – His first found prominence as the guitarist and principal singer-songwriter of The Velvet Underground.


1970 – He took a job at his father’s tax accounting firm as a typist, by his own account earning a $40 a week.


1971 – He began a long and eclectic solo career.


1974 – He received shock treatment at an early age, as evidenced here and in his dark song, "Kill Your Sons".


1975 – He responded to his glam rock success with a commercial failure, a double album of electronically generated audio feedback, Metal Machine Music.


1980 – He had won wide recognition as an elder statesman of rock.


1983 – He also provided the singing voice for the character Mok in the film Rock & Rule, and wrote the songs "My Name Is Mok" and "Triumph" for the film’s soundtrack.


1987 – He again collaborated with John Cale on 1990’s Songs for Drella (Drella – Warhol’s nickname – is a portmanteau from the words "Dracula" and "Cinderella").


1990 – He and his band reformed for a Cartier benefit in France.


1993 – His the band again reunited and toured throughout Europe, though plans for a North American tour were cancelled following another falling out between him and Cale.


1996 – His band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


2000 – He has since been nominated for the Rock Hall as a solo artist twice this year and 2001, but has not been inducted.


2001 – He made a cameo appearance in the movie adaptation of Prozac Nation.


2003 – He released a 2-CD set, The Raven, based on the works of Edgar Allan Poe.


2007 – After he had signed a new record deal with Sanctuary Records.