This week the world lost a true rock and roll icon: Lou Reed.
In an industry stuffed with false prophets, sold-out-souls and media-savvy mealy-mouthes, the founder of the Velvet Underground was one of the last remaining rock stars who knew how to do it properly.
No more afraid of dismissing journalists with ascerbic asides than he was writing epics about drug addiction, prostitutes and sexuality, Reed was often irascible and always compelling.
Here, to mark his passing, we round up just ten of his many moments of wit and wisdom.
1 | There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out.
2 | I think that everything happens for a reason, everything happens when it's going to happen.
3 | I don't mind a repetitive chorus; I mind repetitive verse. I mean, it's the same amount of space. Why would you have only three diamonds if you can have six?
4 | I don't like nostalgia unless it's mine.
5 | I don't know anyone actually who does care what a critic says.
6 | Life is like Sanskrit read to a pony.
7 | I don't believe in dressing up reality. I don't believe in using makeup to make things look smoother.
8 | I tried to give up drugs by drinking.
9 | I'm an artist and that means I can be as egotistical as I want to be.
10 | One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.