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    Image: FILE - Rolling Stone Reports Death of Rock Musician Lou Reed, at 71

    Lou Reed: 1942-2013

    Pioneering singer-songwriter Lou Reed founded the Velvet Underground and influenced generations of rock 'n' roll musicians.

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    Visionary -

    Lou Reed, founder of the ground-breaking rock 'n' roll band the Velvet Underground, is pictured around 1970. The singer-songwriter died on Sunday, Oct. 27, at age 71 of an ailment related to a liver transplant he had earlier this year.

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    The Velvets -

    Maureen "Moe" Tucker, Reed, Sterling Morrison and John Cale of the Velvet Underground pose for a portrait circa 1969.

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    Younger days -

    From left, Sterling Morrison, Lou Reed, Maureen "Moe" Tucker and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground pose for a portrait in 1970.

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    On stage -

    Lou Reed performs circa 1970.

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    Lou Reed and Andy Warhol attend a David Johansen show in this undated photo.

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    The glam years -

    Reed poses for an RCA publicity photo circa 1973 in New York.

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    Hall of Famers -

    The Velvet Underground, from left, Maureen Tucker, Martha Morrison (wife of Sterling Morrison), John Cale and Reed, pose shortly after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 11th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Jan. 17, 1995.

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    Plenty to smile about -

    Reed performs at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival on July 1, 1996. The two-day festival included performances from David Bowie, Simply Red, and Elvis Costello.

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    'Emotion in Action' -

    Reed and multimedia artist Laurie Anderson attend a celebration marking the publication of Reed's photo book, "Emotion In Action," at Cooper Classics Collection in New York on Nov. 3, 2003. Reed and Anderson married in 2008.

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    Walk on the Hollywood side -

    Reed is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in a ceremony at Guitar Center in Hollywood, Calif., on June 24, 2003. Comedian Richard Lewis, left, and actor Ruben Blades, right, flank Reed.

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    Art and music fans -

    Reed and musician David Bowie attend the opening of Reed's photography exhibit at New York's Gallery at Hermes on Jan. 19, 2006.

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    The Sundance kid -

    Reed performs during "A Celebration of Music In Film" at the Sundance House during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, 2011, in Park City, Utah.

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    Transformative figure -

    Mick Rock and Reed attend the John Varvatos Presents Transformer event in New York Oct. 3, 2013.

    "With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed 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," Rolling Stone wrote in a tribute on Oct. 27.

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