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Many stories have surfaced about Lou Reed since his passing from publicists and journalists, who have said that he was intimidating and usually short tempered. Former Rolling Stone editor and journalist Ben Fong-Torres recalled how lucky he was when he interviewed him.
In an essay for the Hollywood Reporter, Fong-Torres wrote about interviewing Reed for a piece on GQ in 1986.
He called Reed the anti-interview; even Reed's publicist stated, "He doesn't respect the press because it hasn't helped." Fong-Torres wrote that he started off the interview asking Reed about the uselessness of the print medium, and Reed answered, "I've had the best reviews in the world and the worst ones. I've had reviews that say, 'Why don't you just die?,' and it hasn't seemed to make a difference."
Reed said that he often learned more from fan letters. "A lot of times, what they say is illuminating to me 'cause they take something in a way I literally wasn't aware of. I'm not the expert on my own work."
The article for GQ, published in September 1986, was titled "Lou Reed: The Prince Of Darkness Lightens Up." During the interview Reed also talks about his glam-rock days with David Bowie, and a transgender live-in friend "Rachel." Fong-Torres concluded, "On this occasion, he was a nice guy. That's how I'll remember him."
Many celebrities and musicians took to Twitter commenting on what Reed meant to them as well.
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