[Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/WireImage]According to the Rock 'n' Roll Calendar, Grumpiest Old Man Lou Reed turns 70 on Friday, March 2. (Folks, it's going to be a long year.) Mr. Laurie Anderson is still kicking around, devising ways to make himself the "intellectual" of the rock 'n' roll party. The glasses help, the contemptuous snarl fulfills and palling around with Julian Schnabel completes the illusion that Reed is more important than musicians who have made albums people play for actual pleasure during the past twenty years or so. That said, his solo career is still ranked 36 points higher than the solo careers of Eric Clapton, Robbie Robertson and Ringo Starr, according to Y! Music algorithms.
That said, let me point out that John Cale, Lou's bandmate in the Velvet Underground, also turns 70 a week later on March 9. (Sterling Morrison would've turned 70 on August 28 and Maureen Tucker isn't up for her 70th until 2014.) And while I would love to give you the rundown on John Cale, for sheer name recognition, Lou Reed is our candidate.Read More »from Lou Reed: At Seventy