Lou Reed dead at 71: Watch rare Velvet Underground TV performance

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Rock music lost a legend on Sunday (Oct. 27). 

Velvet Underground leader and rock pioneer Lou Reed passed away at 71, Rolling Stone reports. While the cause of death has not yet been released, Reed did undergo a liver transplant in May.

Reed is best known for his work as guitarist, singer, and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and his solo career. The musician influenced the music scene in a major way by introducing avant garde rock and pop art to mainstream music. He also famously collaborated with Andy Warhol, and the band joined Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Through four albums and numerous line-up changes, Reed led Velvet Underground, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Reed also went on to a successful solo career.

Watch this rare Velvet Underground TV performance from 1966, when the band went on WNET-TV:

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