Lou Reed the trailblazing music legend who helped to spur both the New Wave and Punk music genres has died at the age of 71. He had undergone a liver transplant back in May as his health had declined recently. He was married to fellow trailblazer artist, Laurie Anderson. Lou Reed’s early career started with The Velvet Underground, who were a critically acclaimed avant garde rock act, and later Lou Reed embarked on a successful solo career that even spun off unlikely, but successful hit singles like “Walk On The Wild Side” and “Sally Can’t Dance”. Lou Reed often gave a voice to sexual minorities through his music, and was admired by the Gay community as well as other sexual minority groups. Lou Reed had a unique deadpan vocal style and a style of writing that wasn’t always mainstream, but he was well respected as a great artist by the music critics. He should be best remembered as helping to spur on the New wave and Punk styles of music.