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A GUARDIAN AND CHOICE BOOK OF THE YEAR
‘A walk on the wild side with the alt-rock pioneer’ GQ
‘DeCurtis is well placed to trace Reed’s five-decade career, drawing on insider knowledge but skilfully balancing it with detailed research and fascinating interviews’ Mojo Magazine
As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once the height of sanctity and perversity, transcended a genre, speaking to millions of listeners, inspiring a new generation of musicians, and forever changing the way we think of that iconic era of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll.
Throughout his five-decade career, Reed embodied artistic self-awareness and captured the beauty, paranoia, and vivacity of his time into an array of hit songs, experimental albums, and a larger-than-life persona. With such masterpieces as ‘Sweet Jane’ and ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, Reed exerted an influence on popular music rivaled only by the likes of Bob Dylan and the Beatles and is recognized to this day as one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century.
Now, just a few years after Reed’s death, comes the thrilling, provocative story of his complex life. An acclaimed Rolling Stone contributor, Anthony DeCurtis interviewed Reed extensively and knew him well. With unparalleled access to Reed’s friends, family, and dozens of other intimate relations, DeCurtis brings Reed’s story compellingly alive and deepens our understanding of his indelible music. We travel deep into the underground artist clubs, listen along in the studio as the Velvet Underground record their signature work, and revel in Reed’s relationship with legendaries like Andy Warhol, Patti Smith, and David Bowie. Insightful, revelatory, and intimate, Lou Reed is a gripping tribute to a quintessential American icon.
I’m not the first musician to pledge allegiance to Lou and the Velvets, and I won’t be the last. Read this book, and explore the f*cking genius that was Lou ReedPeter Buck, co-founder and lead guitarist of R.E.M.
Anthony DeCurtis captures the soul and the essence of Lou Reed in his terrific new biography of the brilliant, culture-shaping musician. DeCurtis’ great gift of storytelling gives fascinating insight and perspective to Reed’s complex personality and cutting-edge musical talent. This is a must readClive Davis
How did a middle-class suburban boy grow up to be king of Manhattan’s wild side? Thanks to this groundbreaking biography, now we know . . . A must-read for fans of rock and roll, New York City, or sexAda Calhoun, author of St. Marks is Dead
Lou Reed was one of music’s most brilliant and complicated figures-an explorer, a provocateur, and always a true artist. With grace and grit, Anthony DeCurtis has delivered a revelatory and insightful chronicle of this most challenging rock & roll icon, and Lou Reed gets the biographer he deservesAlan Light, author of The Holy or the Broken
Lou Reed is Lou Reed!Iggy Pop
A brilliant artist has found a biographer with the insight to, as Lou said, ‘pass through the fire’ and be a definitive interpreter of both his music and his lifeSting
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