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Lou Reed

Mick Gold, Let It Rock, July 1974

YOU COULD hardly miss him on the first album: his rubber-stamped signature was the only wording on the front cover, while on the back his name was writ in letters as large as the group's. And over the whole enterprise hung his huge, silk-screened banana: simultaneously sexy but soft, organic but unreal, garishly coloured but ultra cool.

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