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Thanks for the link Tom. I thought Ben Ratliff's obit in the NYT was also particularly well-written and captured Reed's complexity and contradictions, as well as his contribution to New York's proto-punk music/art scene in the 60's and 70's. 
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/28/arts/music/lou-reed-dies-at-71.html?src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB

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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Excellent Lou Reed rememberance

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).

http://www.jazzwax.com/2013/10/lou-reed-1942-2013.html

-- Tom Fine