Lou Reed passed away on October 27th, 2013. This is what I wrote at the time.
I don't have a Lou Reed story. It's been said--often--that The Velvet Underground sold only a handful of records during their original lifespan, but that everyone who did buy one of their records was inspired to form a band. The statement's become cliche, but it's still about right. Nonetheless, neither The Velvet Underground nor Lou Reed was really on my radar when I was growing up in the '60s and '70s; I heard Mott The Hoople's "Sweet Jane" and The Runaways' "Rock And Roll" long before I ever heard The Velvet Underground's original versions, and Lou's hit "Walk On The Wild Side" wasn't really at the toppermost of my poppermost. Still, I bought a ticket to see Lou Reed in concert in 1978. A life-changing moment? Maybe it would have been, but Reed got sick and cancelled the tour before it reached me.