It has been two months since Lou Reed lost his battle with liver disease, and his former bandmates and musicians continue to mourn.

While both Patti Smith and Bono eloquently eulogized Reed back in November, Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker shared her memories of the frontman and songwriter with The Guardian. Having met Reed through her brother, Tucker said she got together with Reed and Sterling Morrison by accident when their original drummer left before a gig in New York in 1965.

“Sterling said, ‘Oh, Tucker’s sister plays drums.’ I lived way out on Long Island and they came out there from the city to see if I could keep a beat. That’s how it happened,” she recalled.

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Tucker said the band never formally discussed their direction, instead they just made music no one else was making.

“Lou had a reputation, for sure. He was tough and he could be grumpy and b***chy, but I’ve come to realize that his b**chiness came out when there was incompetence about. Didn’t matter if it was a waiter or a record producer, he’d rip someone apart if things weren’t up to scratch.”


— Annie Reuter, 


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