In 1964, shortly after graduating from Syracuse University, Lou Reed found a job in the music industry. Reed -- who'd played covers in a college band called LA & the Eldorados (his given name was Lewis Allen Reed) -- had a passionate connection to early rock'n'roll, and having already tried his hand at doo-wop as a teenager, wanted to make his way as an in-house songwriter at Pickwick Records, housed in a cinder-block building in Brooklyn's Coney Island.

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