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Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, An American Masters Special

Airs Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Lou Reed (center) performing Berlin at the Globe Annex in Stockholm on July 9, 2008.

Lou Reed, legendary rock musician and songwriter, passed away Sunday, October 27, 2013, at the age of 71. The cause was liver disease, according to The New York Times.

Courtesy of Danny Norton

Lou Reed at Schinitzer Concert Hall Portland, Oregon.

This film takes an in-depth look at Lou Reed's achievements, from his role as lead singer/songwriter for the Velvet Underground, the highly influential band produced by Andy Warhol, through his prolific 25-year career; to his most recent rock opera collaboration with director Robert Wilson.

Throughout, Reed speaks candidly about his extraordinary career and most challenging musical work.

The program also looks at rare behind the scenes footage, clips, and vintage material. There are some 30 interviews including: David Bowie, Patti Smith and Penn Jillette, other members of the Velvet Underground among others.

Lou Reed on Facebook. AMERICAN MASTERS is on Facebook. Past episodes of AMERICAN MASTERS are available for online viewing.

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Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, An American Masters Special Preview

Above: In honor of Lou Reed, KPBS is re-airing the film, "Lou Reed: Rock And Roll Heart, An American Masters Special," (1998).