Lou Reed: 1942-2013

Pioneering singer-songwriter Lou Reed founded the Velvet Underground and influenced generations of rock 'n' roll musicians.

Lou Reed, founder of the ground-breaking rock 'n' roll band the Velvet Underground, is pictured around 1970. The singer-songwriter died on Sunday, Oct. 27, at age 71 of an ailment related to a liver transplant he had earlier this year. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
Maureen "Moe" Tucker, Reed, Sterling Morrison and John Cale of the Velvet Underground pose for a portrait circa 1969. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
From left, Sterling Morrison, Lou Reed, Maureen "Moe" Tucker and Doug Yule of the Velvet Underground pose for a portrait in 1970. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
Lou Reed performs circa 1970. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images Contributor
Lou Reed and Andy Warhol attend a David Johansen show in this undated photo. Ebet Roberts / Getty Images
Reed poses for an RCA publicity photo circa 1973 in New York. Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images
The Velvet Underground, from left, Maureen Tucker, Martha Morrison (wife of Sterling Morrison), John Cale and Reed, pose shortly after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the 11th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York on Jan. 17, 1995. Jeff Christensen / Reuters
Reed performs at the Panathinaikos stadium in Athens during a rock festival on July 1, 1996. The two-day festival included performances from David Bowie, Simply Red, and Elvis Costello. Reuters
Reed and multimedia artist Laurie Anderson attend a celebration marking the publication of Reed's photo book, "Emotion In Action," at Cooper Classics Collection in New York on Nov. 3, 2003. Reed and Anderson married in 2008. Lawrence Lucier / Getty Images
Reed is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk in a ceremony at Guitar Center in Hollywood, Calif., on June 24, 2003. Comedian Richard Lewis, left, and actor Ruben Blades, right, flank Reed. Vince Bucci / Getty Images
Reed and musician David Bowie attend the opening of Reed's photography exhibit at New York's Gallery at Hermes on Jan. 19, 2006. Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images
Reed performs during "A Celebration of Music In Film" at the Sundance House during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, 2011, in Park City, Utah. Chelsea Lauren / Getty Images
Mick Rock and Reed attend the John Varvatos Presents Transformer event in New York Oct. 3, 2013.

"With the Velvet Underground in the late Sixties, Reed fused street-level urgency with elements of European avant-garde music, marrying beauty and noise, while bringing a whole new lyrical honesty to rock & roll poetry," Rolling Stone wrote in a tribute on Oct. 27. Theo Wargo / Getty Images