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Hollywood RockWalk Honors Lou Reed

June 25, 2003

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Lou Reed took a walk on the wild side, down to Hollywood’s RockWalk, where he placed his handprints and signature outside the Guitar Center music store on Sunset Boulevard.

``I think that’s fantastic,″ he said of the honor Tuesday. ``I’m very, very surprised and really get a kick out of this.″

Best known for the 1972 hit ``Walk on the Wild Side,″ Reed recently came out with a compilation spanning 35 years in music called ``NYC Man _ The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection.″ Other albums from the founding member of the seminal avant-garde rock group the Velvet Underground include ``Berlin,″ ``Metal Machine Music″ and ``Transformer.″

Reed, whose lyrics often explore the urban underground, said a continuing theme in his music has been people living outside society’s mainstream.

``I’ve tried to always think about and represent people who don’t have very much: the underdog, people who are on the outside,″ the 61-year-old said.

He added that Tuesday’s honor wouldn’t change that.

``I follow my passion and I’m not really concerned with what other people do,″ he said.

Other musicians celebrated on the RockWalk include B.B. King, Brian Wilson, Johnny Cash, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Carl Perkins, Bonnie Raitt and John Lee Hooker.

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