It would be hard for me to overemphasize Lou Reed's impact on music history. Rolling Stone has a good overview of his life and all that he accomplished, and while he wrote so many great songs Sweet Jane will stand as one of the greatest rock and roll songs ever written. For now Rolling Stone ranked it #335 on their list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. When I saw him play in 1996 he opened with that and then played a perfect set. RIP Lou, thanks for the music.
![Lou Reed Transformer](/2013/Lou-Reed-Transformer.jpg "Lou Reed in the Transformer days") ([image source](https://popstache-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/Old-stache-Lou-Reed-Transformer.jpg))