We are sad to learn of the passing of Lou Reed this past weekend. He was 71. Reed fronted The Velvet Underground, whose late '60's albums provided a counterpoint to the "Summer of Love"-flavored and AM-oriented releases of the era. The V.U. alone would have cemented his status as a rock 'n roll icon, but his solo career that followed brought many more dimensions to his legendary status of rebellious songwriter, musician, and singer. His 1989 ode to his hometown kicks off an evening and week filled with Lou Reed.