The late, great Lou Reed, one of rock’s enduring icons, was born on this day in 1942, in Brooklyn, New York.
After an implausible period penning hits for pre-Beatles pop bands, and one novelty single, Reed came to fame with the Velvet Underground. The band's lo-fi sound brought them iconic fans including Andy Warhol, who introduced them to husky-voiced actress-model Nico.
By the 1970s, Reed was a solo artist, producing Transformer, one of the greatest rock albums of all time. He was a man of many talents, like his wife Laurie Anderson and friend Patti Smith, and both his lyrics and his photographs have been published as books.
We are remembering this complex artist with a Velvet Threesome, a challenging yet accessible harmony of brandies.