Rock icon Reed leaves a lasting legacy

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Rock icon Lou Reed, who rose to fame with The Velvet Underground, died on Sunday, aged 71.

With its famous peelable banana cover designed by their manager, artist Andy Warhol, their 1967 debut had a ground breaking effect. It’s been said that few bought the album at the time but that everyone who did later formed a band. Following their split, Reed embarked on a successful solo career.

Reed’s legacy is his 50 year career and the legion of artists he influenced with his work.