The fact is that Lou [Reed], like all heroes, is there for beating up. The only reason to build up an idol is to tear it down again, just like anything else. A hero is a goddam stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might want to accomplish on your own. Plus part of the whole exhilaration of admiring somebody for their artistic accomplishments is resenting ‘em ‘cause they’ll never live up to your expectations.
— "Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves" by Lester Bangs for Creem, March 1975