Lou Reed

One of the most influential figures in rock 'n' roll, Lou Reed was the co-founder and primary songwriter for the Velvet Underground, whose uncompromising records in the late 1960s sold few copies but, as producer Brian ... Read more »
Born: 03/02/1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA

Filmography

Music (107)

A Perfect Day 2016 (Movie)

("There Is No Time") (Song Performer)

Central Intelligence 2016 (Movie)

("Can I Kick It?") (Song)

Gimme Danger 2016 (Movie)

("I'm Waiting For The Man ") (Song)

The Shallows 2016 (Movie)

("El Lado Más Bestia de la Vida (Walk On The Wild Side") (Song)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015 (Movie)

("Street Hassle") (Song)

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl 2015 (Movie)

("Street Hassle") (Song Performer)

The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015 (Movie)

("Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams") (Song)

Time Out of Mind 2015 (Movie)

("Candy Says") (Song)

Let's Be Cops 2014 (Movie)

("This Magic Moment") (Song Performer)

The Best of Me 2014 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

("Metal Machine Music Part II") (Song)

CBGB 2013 (Movie)

("Metal Machine Music Part II") (Song Performer)

The Lords of Salem 2013 (Movie)

("Venus In Furs") (Song)

Flight 2012 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

Killing Them Softly 2012 (Movie)

("Heroin") (Song)

Lawless 2012 (Movie)

("White Light/White Heat") (Song)

Men in Black 3 2012 (Movie)

("I'm Waiting For The Man") (Song)

Beautiful Darling 2011 (Movie)

(Music)

Daydream Nation 2011 (Movie)

("Lady Day") (Song)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("Carbon") (Song)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("Carbon") (Song Performer)

Due Date 2010 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Performer

Adventureland 2009 (Movie)

("Here She Comes Now") (Song)

Adventureland 2009 (Movie)

("Satellite Of Love") (Song Performer)

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

"Oh! Sweet Nuthin' " (Song)

Zombieland 2009 (Movie)

("Oh! Sweet Nuthin'") (Song)

Lou Reed's Berlin 2008 (Movie)

Music & Lyrics (Original Music)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

("The Gun") (Song Performer)

The Wackness 2008 (Movie)

("Can I Kick It") (Song)

Control 2007 (Movie)

("What Goes On") (Song)

Juno 2007 (Movie)

"I'm Sticking With You" (Song)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

("Pale Blue Eyes") (Song)

The Savages 2007 (Movie)

"I'm Sticking with You" (Song)

Things We Lost in the Fire 2007 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

("Rock & Roll") (Song)

A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints 2006 (Movie)

("Rock & Roll") (Song Performer)

Brick 2006 (Movie)

("Sister Ray") (Song)

Nearing Grace 2006 (Movie)

("I'll Be Your Mirror") (Song)

V for Vendetta 2006 (Movie)

("I Found A Reason") (Song)

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

("Walk on the Wildside") (Song Performer)

Guess Who 2005 (Movie)

("Walk on the Wildside") (Song)

Last Days 2005 (Movie)

("Venus In Furs") (Song)

Blade: Trinity 2004 (Movie)

("Fatal") (Song)

Amelia 2003 (Movie)

(Music)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

("America") (Song)

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde 2003 (Movie)

("America") (Song Performer)

School of Rock 2003 (Movie)

("Ride Into The Sun") (Song)

The Million Dollar Hotel 2001 (Movie)

("Satellite of Love") (Song)

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001 (Movie)

("Stephanie Boys") (Song)

The Vertical Ray of the Sun 2001 (Movie)

("Coney Island Baby") (Song Performer)

Almost Famous 2000 (Movie)

("I'm Waiting For the Man") (Song)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

("Baton Rouge") (Song Performer)

High Fidelity 2000 (Movie)

songs("Who Loves the Sun" "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'") (Song)

B. Monkey 1999 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

Slc Punk! 1999 (Movie)

("Rock & Roll") (Song)

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Music)

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Song

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

(Song)

Without Limits 1998 (Movie)

("Walk on the Wild Side") (Song Performer)

Leave a Little Love 1997 (Movie)

(Music)

Lost Highway 1997 (Movie)

("This Magic Moment") (Song Performer)

Love and Other Catastrophes 1997 (Movie)

("Sunday Morning") (Song)

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

("Is Anybody Listening?") (Song)

The Cable Guy 1996 (Movie)

("Satellite of Love") (Song)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

("Perfect Day") (Song)

Trainspotting 1996 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Georgia 1995 (Movie)

songs("I'll Be Your Mirror" "Sally Can't Dance" "There She Goes Again" "Walk on the Wild Side") (Song)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

Bound and Gagged: A Love Story 1993 (Movie)

(Song)

Bound and Gagged: A Love Story 1993 (Movie)

("Perfect Day") (Song Performer)

Damned in the U.S.A. 1992 (Movie)

(Song)

Damned in the U.S.A. 1992 (Movie)

("Walk on the Wild Side") (Song Performer)

Prelude to a Kiss 1992 (Movie)

("Sweet Jane") (Song)

Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1991 (Movie)

("Take a Walk on the Wild Side") (Song Performer)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

("Venus in Furs" "Heroin") (Song)

Until the End of the World 1991 (Movie)

(Music)

Flashback 1990 (Movie)

("Walk on the Wild Side") (Song)

Penn & Teller Get Killed 1989 (Movie)

("Femme Fatale") (Song)

True Believer 1989 (Movie)

(Song)

True Believer 1989 (Movie)

("Busload of Faith") (Song Performer)

Coverup: Behind the Iran-Contra Affair 1988 (Movie)

(Theme Song)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

song producer("Something Happened") (Song)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Ballhaus Barmbek 1987 (Movie)

(Performer)

Tant pis si je meurs 1987 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Tant pis si je meurs 1987 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

songs (Song)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

("Voices of Freedom" "Tell It to Your Heart") (Song Performer)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

("Hot Hips") (Song Performer)

Perfect 1985 (Movie)

(Song)

White Nights 1985 (Movie)

("My Love Is Chemical") (Song Performer)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

(Song)

Protocol 1984 (Movie)

("I Love You Suzanne") (Song Performer)

Baby It's You 1983 (Movie)

("Venus in Furs") (Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

(Song)

American Pop 1981 (Movie)

("I'm Waiting For the Man") (Song Performer)

Rock & Rule 1981 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Rock & Rule 1981 (Movie)

("My Name Is Mok" "Triumph") (Song Performer)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

(Song)

Times Square 1980 (Movie)

("Walk on the Wild Side") (Song Performer)

Rock 'n' Roll High School 1979 (Movie)

("Rock 'n' Roll") (Song)

Underground U.S.A. 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Betty Blokk-Buster Follies 1975 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Thinking XXX (TV Show)

Music Arranger
Actor (57)

The 99%: Occupy Everywhere 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

A.K.A. Doc Pomus 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Anton Corbijn Inside Out 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Lou Reed's Berlin 2008 (Movie)

Lead Vocals, Guitar (Actor)

Palermo Shooting 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Cameo)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2008 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Prozac Nation 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Musicians 2001 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of Too Many Stars 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 45th Annual Grammy Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Blues 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Plastic People of the Universe 2002 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

25 Years of Punk 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Narrator

Hard Rock Live 1996 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sessions at West 54th 1997 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Jimmy Scott 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Penn & Teller's Sin City Spectacular 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC in Concert 1990 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

After New Year's Eve 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Banned in America: The Stars Speak Out 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Halloween Jam V 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Nico Icon 1996 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rock & Roll 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue in the Face 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Roger Daltrey: The Music of The Who 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sounds of Summer Preview '95 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Music of Kurt Weill: September Songs 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

In a New Light '94 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Faraway, So Close 1993 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Damned in the U.S.A. 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1991 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Decade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Farm Aid IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1st International Rock Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

Duets: The Spirit of Collaboration 1987 (Movie)

Musicican (Actor)

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball 1987 (Movie)

(Actor)

Get Crazy 1983 (Movie)

Auden (Actor)

One-Trick Pony 1979 (Movie)

Steve Kunelian (Actor)

The Velvet Underground and Nico 1965 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Biography

One of the most influential figures in rock 'n' roll, Lou Reed was the co-founder and primary songwriter for the Velvet Underground, whose uncompromising records in the late 1960s sold few copies but, as producer Brian Eno once said, influenced everyone who heard them to start their own bands. His stark, highly poetic lyrics, rich with the drama and grit of the New York streets, placed him as a forerunner to the dark, desperate energy of punk, metal and avant-garde bands that followed in his wake, though the mercurial Reed would refuse allegiance to these movements. His eclectic inclinations were also reflected throughout his solo career, which encompassed the bleak beauty of Berlin (1973), the political charge of New York (1990), and the defiant experimentalism of Metal Machine Music (1975), a polarizing LP of feedback and noise. Throughout his career, Reed bucked industry expectations in favor of his own artistic instincts, which resulted in numerous commercial ups and downs. But Reed's music, steeped in the raw power of rock and the transformative nature of poetry, remained an artistic high point in popular music that set the bar for countless musicians in their own career, which in turn enshrined him as one of rock's most influential figures. His October 2013 death occasioned heartfelt eulogies and fond remembrances that belied his flinty, tough guy persona.

Relationships

Nico Actor

Companion
Nico began a relationship with John Cale after breaking up with Reed

Laurie Anderson Song Performer

Wife
Began dating Married in New York City

Sylvia Morales Producer

Ex-Wife

Sidney Reed

Father

Toby Reed

Mother

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1960

Milestones

2012

Premiered his "New York Scuffle" radio show on BBC Radio 6.

2011

Released Lulu, a collaboration with veteran metal band Metallica.

2006

Revived 1973 album Berlin as a live stage show at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn, NY

2003

Released double album The Raven, a collection of songs and spoken word pieces inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

2003

Published book of photographs titled Emotions in Action

1998

Featured in "American Masters" (PBS) documentary "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart"

1996

The Velvet Underground inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

1990

The Velvet Underground reunite at Fondation Cartier benefit in France

1990

Collaborated with John Cale on biographical concept album Songs for Drella, a tribute to Andy Warhol

1980

Made acting debut in "One Trick Pony," written by and starring Paul Simon

1975

Fifth album Metal Machine Music consists entirely of feedback and white noise

1972

Released second solo effort Transformer, co-produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson; featured singles "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Perfect Day"

1972

Released self-titled solo debut, consisting largely of re-recorded versions of unreleased Velvet Underground songs

1969

Quit The Velvet Underground; worked at his father's tax accounting firm as a typist

1968

Released sophomore album White Light/White Heat after parting ways with Warhol and Nico

1967

Released debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico

1965

Band managed by Andy Warhol; German singer Nico added to lineup as featured member

1964

Formed rock band The Velvet Underground with John Cale, Sterling Morrison, and Angus MacLise

1964

Moved to New York City; began working as in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records

1961

Hosted late-night radio program on Syracuse, NY station WAER called "Excursions On A Wobbly Rail"

1958

Made recording debut with "Leave It For Me/So Blue" as member of vocal group the Jades

Known for such albums as "Transformer" and "New York"

Popular songs include "Walk On The Wild Side" and "Perfect Day".

Bonus Trivia

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Forced to undergo Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) as a teenager in an attempt to cure his bisexuality; his 1974 song "Kill Your Sons" is about the experience

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Studied literature under poet Delmore Schwartz at Syracuse University; later dedicated the Velvet Underground song "European Son" to his mentor.

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Wrote a would-be dance hit, "The Ostrich," as a staff writer at Pickwick Records; met John Cale when the label put together a band, The Primitives, to promote the single.

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Began practicing tai chi late in life; reportedly was doing tai chi moves on his deathbed as he died

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