Fresh Air Remembers Lou Reed

Oct 30, 2013

From his counter-culture anthem "Walk On The Wild Side" to a questionable but undeniably bold collaboration with Metallica, Lou Reed was always pushing: pushing himself, his listeners, and often the entire landscape of American popular music in electrifying new directions.  It wasn't always a successful strategy—take that record with Metallica, for instance—but when Reed's restless creative drive was in top form, it really was something to behold.  Interspersing interview excerpts with a handful of Reed's most influential songs, Fresh Air pays tribute to the gifted, polarizing musician who died of liver disease on Sunday.  Reed was 71 years old.