Lou Reed made his journey West on October 27th at the age of 71. Here is a touching memorial by Neil Gaiman:
His songs were the soundtrack to my life: a quavering New York voice with little range singing songs of alienation and despair, with flashes of impossible hope and of those tiny, perfect days and nights we want to last for ever, important because they are so finite and so few; songs filled with people, some named, some anonymous, who strut and stagger and flit and shimmy and hitch-hike into the limelight and out again.
In the piece Gaiman goes on to discuss how he wouldn’t have written Sandman without Lou’s music and how he named his daughter after one of Lou’s beloved transvestites.
Strangely enough, a couple days before someone sent me this article about how Lou Reed had received a very special honor from scientists in Israel:
A team of international biologists has discovered a new genus of velvet spider, and, in recognition of the fact that it lives underground, have named it after US rocker Lou Reed. The spider is now named loureedia annulipes, in “whimsical salute,” Sci-News said, to the musician who began his career with the 1960′s Velvet Underground rock group. Velvet spiders have a dark and shiny appearance, and most species keep well hidden or live and burrow deep underground. They are mostly found in Europe, Asia or Africa, although one species lives in Brazil. The biologists were attempting to increase basic knowledge of velvet spiders, when they happened upon the new genus. The loureedia is found in sand dunes in Israel’s southern Negev desert, and so can be said to walk on the wild side.