Lewis Allen Reed was born on March 2nd, 1942 and grew up in Freeport, Long Island. He is best known for his association with the band the Velvet Underground and collaborators John Cale, Andy Warhol, and David Bowie. Often called the "Godfather of Punk," Reed is foremost a writer. He is also known for the excessive intake of drugs in his life and has often been referred to as a sadomasochist.
A little known fact about Lou Reed is that as a teenager, he was submitted to electroshock treatments to rid himself of his hateful personality and homosexual tendencies.
A rock 'n' roll songwriter and performer who had Urban Dictionary pegged before it existed. Some of the same factors that made UD what it is may also have led Reed into self-destructive substance abuse at one phase of his career.