Every week, TicketForce brings you news on one of four industries: racing, sports, theatre, or music. This week’s #MusicWrap brings you coverage on the tragic death of rock legend, Lou Reed.

Lewis Allen “Lou” Reed, the well-known legendary rock and roll singer, songwriter and guitarist, tragically passed on October 27, 2013 in Long Island. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1942, Reed lived a life full of music and success.

His first big break came during the 1960s when he met John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker. Together they formed the rock band, The Velvet Underground, and eventually were picked up by Andy Warhol, who was fascinated by their striking sound. Rolling Stone describes Reed and The Velvet Underground as, “fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry.”  

Reed was an unpredictable and inventive artist that paved the way for glam, punk, and alternative rock. In 1970, he split from the Velvets and began work on his solo album Transformer, which was released in 1972. In 1982, Reed married and debuted The Blue Mask, which was said to have been his best work since Transformer. He married again in 2008 to Laurie Anderson. The two frequently performed together and became involved in civic and environmental activism. During this time, Reed mellowed leaving behind the excessive drug use and typical rockstar lifestyle and even became a dedicated student to the practice of T’ai Chi.

During his later years, Lou Reed continued to provide rock music that defied all boundaries and challenged artists and listeners everywhere. Some of Reed’s successes in the 2000s included a double CD inspired by the literary works of Edgar Allen Poe, 2007s Hudson River Wind Meditations, and a collaboration with Metallica titled Lulu.

Join us in this time as we remember one of rock and roll’s greatest legends. Lou Reed will continue to shape this industry and inspire many for years to come. What is your favorite memory of him? Let us know by sending a tweet to @ticketforce.