Lou Reed passed away this past weekend due to a liver-related illness. He was generally identified by his taciturn expression, deadpan vocals, and a reputation for maintaining his strict artistic integrity. A true rock visionary, he helmed one of the most influential bands of all time, the Velvet Underground, and in the process laid the foundation for every band you've enjoyed since. David Bowie was an early admirer, and he made no secret of the impression Reed made on his own sound.
It would be nearly impossible to accurately sum up all the great musical moments that are essential to Reed's legacy, but here are a few of the most memorable highlights from Reed's 45-year career.