Reed brought an underground integrity to everything he did, from his collaborations and tours with peers such as Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel, to his work leading the trailblazing pop-art band Velvet Underground.
He first came to prominence in the mid-sixties, bringing an outsider art aesthetic to the rock ‘n’ roll template and redefining the New York sound in the process.
His later experimental solo work in Europe went on to set the musical agenda in the seventies and set him up for a long and fruitful career that yielded 20 solo albums.
We’ve put together a playlist of our favourite Reed tracks, some from his Velvet Underground bandmates John Cale, Nico and Moe Tucker and loads from his collaborators and bands that cite him as their main inspiration.
We hope you enjoy the selection as much as we enjoyed putting it together.