American Masters

Rock and Roll Heart: Lou Reed

Preview: Season 11 | 30s

Reed was always at the forefront of American avant-garde music, beginning with creation of the Velvet Underground in 1965. Gritty and realistic, the brutal honesty in Reed’s lyrics and sound made him a cultural icon of the disenfranchised throughout the ’60s and ’70s. From punk rock to grunge, he has had an unparalleled influence on the American music scene.

Aired: 04/28/98

Rating: NR

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