On 10/28/2013 8:07 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
> Marc Myers hits all the right points. Many obituary writers clearly
> didn't understand Lou Reed, the NYC arts scene of the 60's through 80's,
> and pretty much anything else that was hip and different. Lou Reed's
> influence on a certain strain of rock music cannot be overstated. He may
> also have influenced the fact that the Czech Republic is a stable
> democracy today (one news report indicated that the Velvet Underground
> strongly influenced a young Vaclav Havel to become a poet dissident).
It's been said that only 250 people bought the first Velvet Underground
LP -- but every one of them went out and started a band.