RIP Lou Reed

The New York Times reports that Lou Reed, Rock ’n’ Roll Pioneer, Dies at 71. Philip Schwartz the Albany Business Review said, “Rest in peace, Lou Reed. Your loss creates a gaping hole that cannot be filled.” Katie Zezima from the Associated Press tweeted this quote: “I’ve always believed that there’s an amazing number of things you can do through a rock ‘n’ roll song.” Miguel Helft at Fortune wrote, “He was among the greatest.

“When I proposed marriage to someone with a song, Lou Reed did the work for me. I handed over a small mirror with a handwritten note, which said only, ‘I'll be your mirror.’” That’s how New Yorker music writer Sasha Frere-Jones’ remembrance of Reed begins and you’ll definitely want to read the rest. Jeff MacGregor at ESPN thinks “This is the one.” Jody Rosen called it a “Beautiful, astute Lou Reed appreciation by @sfj.” Christopher Stewart at the Wall Street Journal tweeted the following: “Oh, pardon me, sir—it’s furthest from my mind. I’m just looking for a dear, dear friend of mine.”

A photo of Václav Havel, Lou Reed and Hillary Clinton circa 1998 was making the rounds on Twitter this morning, courtesy of the Washington Post. Lindesay Irvine at the Guardian challenged, “Who's the odd one out?” Freelancer Micheline Maynard just wrote, “Wow.” Samantha Rollins with The Week Magazine added, “All of this.”

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