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Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Sunday, 10/27/13 2:05 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71.

Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. Martin Lewis, producer of the new DVDs, issued the following statement.

Lou Reed in 1986

"Lou Reed was an exceptional pioneering musician who inspired both his contemporaries and those who followed after him. He generously supported Amnesty International from the very start of the "Human Rights Concerts" series, performing at all 6 concerts on Amnesty's "A Conspiracy Of Hope" US tour in June 1986. He recently very graciously gave his blessing for the release of those historic performances as part of Amnesty's DVD box-set of the concerts. He was a remarkable musician and humanitarian. He will be greatly missed by everyone, including the human rights movement that he was passionate in supporting."

Reed is pictured above at the Amnesty International concert, "A Conspiracy Of Hope", at Giants Stadium in New Jersey on June 15, 1986. At that concert, he said, "I've been on this whole tour for Amnesty International. I'm a member of Amnesty International. Let me tell you, if you haven't joined, I sure hope you do."

Reed died in Southampton, New York, of an ailment related to his recent liver transplant, according to his literary agent, Andrew Wylie, who added that Reed had been in frail health for months.

(Image thanks to Amnesty International.)


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