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Lou Reed RIP

Lou Reed died on 27 October. Reed was a key figure for The Wire magazine, and many of the musicians featured in our pages. Alongside the numerous mentions of his work throughout the years, Reed was on the cover of The Wire in 2003, and the subject of our Invisible Jukebox in 2009 (for which he shot his own self portraits). We will be publishing a series of articles in the coming days by a range of our contributors, but in the meantime, a playlist of tracks Alan Licht used to test Reed back in 2009 is available here.