Earlier this year, Reed underwent a liver transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.
From Rolling Stone:
“All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter,” he told Rolling Stone in 1987. “They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”
As the day rolls onward, do check out this seminal confrontation between Reed and the late rock critic/badass Lester Bangs.