Lou Reed, the beloved New York City rocker who died this week at age 71, was an iconic cultural figure and "a great old liberal" who will be sorely missed, says Charles Hurt, columnist for The Washington Times.
"I grew up in small town in southern Virginia and I was probably 8 or 10 or something like that when I probably heard my first Lou Reed song and it was electrifying and it stuck with you," Hurt told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"Young people associate with rock and roll music, you know they're reckless and they do foolish things and they do things that are not sustainable through life.
"But it is a spirit and it was obviously a spirit that spoke to a lot of people who were living in Communism at the time back when liberals were worried about authoritarian government and were worried about big government taking away your liberties as opposed to today, where they all like to make fun of anyone who is suspicious of the government."
Reed, whose biggest hit was the sexually-provocative "Walk on the Wild Side," spoke to his generation and was one of a vanishing breed, Hurt believes.
"These were all great old liberals and, my gosh, where are they? I wish we still had them around. We need them now," he said.
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