Lou Reed

Lou Reed (2 March 1942 – 27 October 2013) was a brilliant American artist/ poet/ musician/ guitarist/ singer/ songwriter who painted vivid pictures of our times in his music and lyrics, reflecting them with passion, integrity and humour. He was lead singer and guitarist with the Velvet Underground before launching a prolific and highly influential solo career that spanned more than 40 years. The Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and on 15 April 2015 Reed was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist .

Transformer (1972) was a ground breaking album produced by David Bowie, with a stunning album cover designed by Ernie Thormahlen that featured a brilliant photograph by Mick Rock.

Mary Adams designed a sweater based on the album cover in tribute to both Lou and the artwork itself. When Lou Reed first came to Australia in 1974, a woman who had bought this sweater wore it to his first press conference in Sydney. Lou sent her to find the person who had made it with the message: I’ve decided not to sue and would like to order 20. It was the beginning of a great adventure. She has since designed and made over 60 sweaters featuring Lou Reed images and lyrics.

In 2014 the exhibition I’ll be your mirror was a celebration in stitches to commemorate the 40th anniversary of that first tour of Australia. It included a new set of Transformer sweaters – one for each song on the album – for the occasion.

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