Iggy Pop has penned a moving statement on the death of Lou Reed.
It's been the day's biggest news story. The death of Lou Reed closes the book on a true iconoclast, a musician who tore up the rulebook and established a unique voice which still resonates.
Tributes are pouring in for the songwriter, with some close friends and collaborators paying their respects. Iggy Pop was championed by Lou Reed, and the pair grew to become close friends.
Upon learning of Reed's death, Iggy Pop said simply: "devastating news". After taking a few hours to compose his thoughts, the proto-punk legend has now issued the following statement:
"I loved Lou. I admired Lou very much. He was a very genuine person. He was always decent to me. His talent was so wonderful in my life and it gave me great pleasure and guidance. I am sure that his was a worthwhile life, and one he would have enjoyed had it continued longer. He and his wife Laurie were such a good couple. Iggy"
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In tribute, Clash recently posted a piece written by Kris Needs on Lou Reed's tumultuous, but ultimately defining, 70s output - find it HERE.
Check out a lengthy archive interview with Lou Reed HERE.
The latest issue of Clash Magazine is available to purchase online - click HERE for details.