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Lou Reed's body of work goes back to the underground of New York City in the mid '60s. While the West Coast was doing acid, NYC was using speed: sunshine and beaches vs. dark, cramped basements and alleyways; bubbly art vs. intellectualism. Reed's music reflected that environment and the way he experienced it.

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The Velvet Underground only sold 30,000 copies of its first album during its initial release. Brian Eno once said that all 30,000 of the people who bought that original pressing started a band. That quote is often misapplied to Velvet Underground's primary songwriter Lou Reed. But Reed has proven the misapplication correct, influencing many an artist during his post-VU career.

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After 31 years, R.E.M. is kaput. Read the statements from the band.

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Rave On Buddy Holly
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The songs on most tribute records can be broken down into three categories: 1) rote repeats of the original tune, 2) efforts to be hip or edgy that cause the song to lose its essence and 3) versions where the artist hits the sweet spot between being true to the song while still putting his or her mark on it.

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