“There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.”
In a 1982 interview Brian Eno made the often repeated statement that while the first Velvet Underground album may have sold only 30,000 copies in its early years, “everyone who bought one of those 30,000 copies started a band.”
Lou Reed was creative, obnoxious, charismatic and foul-mouthed in equal measure.
If anyone can be said to have “done it their way” it was Lou Reed.
Genius is no respecter of personalities or manners, as Scalieri recognises in Amadeus when confronted with the spoiled brat Mozart.
Lou Reed had a massive impact on music, on fashion and on morals, holding a mirror up to society alongside an upraised finger.
His influence will be felt for years to come and his legacy will endure.
How many of us could say that?