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Lou Reed: From Genius to Jerk and Back

Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 12 March 1978

LOU REED has been called everything from genius to jerk, and in the course of his career he's lived up to it all. With New York's Velvet Underground and in his first solo albums, Reed embodied contemporary urban alienation, fashioning a mystique of dark, dangerous dimension. Songs like 'Heroin', 'Waiting for the Man' and 'Walk on the Wild Side' stand as milestones in rock's evolution toward today's punk scene.

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