Lou Reed’s voice has been at the forefront of rock ‘n’ roll since he first appeared with the Velvet Underground & Nico in the 60′s. The Brooklyn-born icon has influenced generations of musicians and writers, inspiring everyone from David Bowie to R.E.M., by portraying a level of both sexual and social honesty that had never before been heard in popular music. Beyond his accomplishments with the legendary experimental outfit, Reed has continued to push lyrical boundaries in his solo work from 1972′s landmark Transformer album to 2003′s The Raven. The power of Reed’s words will be on display Housing Works Bookstore Cafe at 7 p.m. tonight, as he reads from his new book, Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics. In addition to reading some of the three plus decades worth of poetic passages, the esteemed Mr. Reed will be taking questions and signing books. If you’re planning on going, get there early because this free event is sure to be packed.