|Lou Reed, 1942-2013|
appearing in Málaga, Spain, 2008
there lives a velvet spider
whose unkempt webs
are spun of
spider, this one
is named loureedia
Kay Davies, Nov. 29, 2013
Lou Reed's music spanned six generations and was influential in more ways than I or Wikipedia can count. His late-1960s group The Velvet Underground is considered one of the most influential in the history of rock music despite its lack of commercial success.
A species of velvet spider that lives underground in Israel was named Loureedia in 2012.
Still performing in 2011 and 2012, Lou Reed died of liver disease in October, 2013, at the age of 71. At the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, my friend Marian has invited Toads and other contributors to write about Reed, his music, his city (New York), or anything else we can think of in connection with the man, his work, or his life.