Lou Reed: A Life

Lou Reed: A Life

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The essential biography of one of music's most influential icons: Lou Reed.

As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, violated all definitions of genre while speaking to millions of fans and inspiring generations of musicians.

But while his iconic status may be fixed, the man himself was anything but. Lou Reed's life was a transformer's odyssey. Eternally restless and endlessly hungry for new experiences, Reed reinvented his persona, his sound, even his sexuality time and again. A man of contradictions and extremes, he was fiercely independent yet afraid of being alone, artistically fearless yet deeply paranoid, eager for commercial success yet disdainful of his own triumphs. Channeling his jagged energy and literary sensibility into classic songs - like "Walk on the Wild Side" and "Sweet Jane" - and radically experimental albums alike, Reed remained desperately true to his artistic vision, wherever it led him.

Now, just a few years after Reed's death, Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis, who knew Reed and interviewed him extensively, tells the provocative story of his complex and chameleonic life. With unparalleled access to dozens of Reed's friends, family, and collaborators, DeCurtis tracks Reed's five-decade career through the accounts of those who knew him and through Reed's most revealing testimony, his music. We travel deep into his defiantly subterranean world, enter the studio as the Velvet Underground record their groundbreaking work, and revel in Reed's relationships with such legendary figures as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, and Laurie Anderson. Gritty, intimate, and unflinching, Lou Reed is an illuminating tribute to one of the most incendiary artists of our time.

Title:Lou Reed: A Life
ISBN:9780316376556
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  • Tosh

    Overall Lou Reed had a sad life. One of the great American songwriters, he is also a guy that was angry. First of all, there's nothing better than The Velvet Underground. He may not have wanted to hea...

  • Phil Overeem

    I went into this hesitantly, after having read two other Reed bios and never having been knocked out by DeCurtis' work. But clearly it was a labor of love: while never flinching in looking at the subj...

  • Ashley Adams

    Amazingly, Lou Reed's biography really hit its stride after the disbanding of the Velvet Underground. Sure, you'll read about the violent, drug-induced sexual scandals of the leather-clad asshole we a...

  • Joseph

    Workmanlike and comprehensive, but relies overmuch on deep readings of Reed's lyrics for long stretches....

  • Laura

    From BBc Radio 4 - Book of the week:Born in Brooklyn in 1942, Lou Reed moved with his middle-class Jewish family to Long Island when he was a young boy. A rebellious teenager, he discovered R&B and ro...

  • Matthew

    4.5 stars.Like so many others, my introduction to Lou Reed came at an early, impressionable age. I was barely a teenager, obsessed with the classic rock stalwarts that dominated my father’s own musi...

  • Matt

    In finalized, linky version: http://artsfuse.org/167342/book-revie...In some ways, everything you need to know about Lou Reed is in the name- a sleek, slick, terse pair of punchy syllables that fits t...

  • Hannah MacDonald

    I’m surprised by how well-received this biography was. I enjoyed the beginning of the book, but past that it turned into a very dry breakdown of all of his albums. I don’t think anyone willing to ...

  • Peyton Van amburgh

    had a lot of fun reading this and revisiting and discovering Lou Reed and the Velvets music I’ve always loved and some I never heard. The book perfectly connects his life with the type of music he m...

  • Mr. Gottshalk

    This was one of those books that I did not hesitate to pick up when I saw it in my local library, displayed in the New Releases section. For all his complexities, Lou Reed has always been an intriguin...