Patti Smith Pays Tribute to Lou Reed

(Radio.com) The deluge of tributes and memorials for rock legend Lou Reed continue to pour in after his untimely passing in Long Island last Sunday (October 27), but Patti Smith's has got to be among the best.

A cavalcade of fellow musical artists ranging from peers like David Bowie all the way to current stars like Miley Cyrus took to social networks to express their condolences. Others, like Arcade Fire, honored Reed by covering some of his many classic songs in concert.

Now fellow rock pioneer, punk poet and fixture of the New York scene, Smith, has offered up her own remembrance of Lou Reed with a touching memorial piece penned for the New Yorker.

"He had black eyes, black T-shirt, pale skin. He was curious, sometimes suspicious, a voracious reader, and a sonic explorer," Smith wrote in the heartfelt tribute, rife with literary and cultural references.

"An obscure guitar pedal was for him another kind of poem. He was our connection to the infamous air of the Factory. He had made Edie Sedgwick dance. Andy Warhol whispered in his ear. Lou brought the sensibilities of art and literature into his music. He was our generation's New York poet, championing its misfits as Whitman had championed its workingman and Lorca its persecuted." more on this story

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