Lou Reed

Author: Anthony DeCurtis

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1444794590

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 528

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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.

Lou Reed

Author: Mick Wall

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1409153053

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

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'This "sincere speed-written, blood-spattered tribute" strings together the raciest anecdotes...and does it rather well' SUNDAY TIMES 'Mick Wall has written in a rough and unsentimental style that suits his subject' THE TIMES Lou Reed died in 2013. This is the critically acclaimed biography of the songwriter, Velvet Underground member and musician. Rock 'n' roll was Lou Reed's life. From recording one of the most critically acclaimed albums of all time with THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO (1967), to heavy drug abuse and performing in front of the Pope, Lou Reed's story is one of great peaks and deep lows. Forever dedicated to his art, he became one of modern music's most legendary and seismic figures. Although a controversial, outspoken and undoubtedly misunderstood musician, Lou Reed's influence on popular culture cannot be overstated. He brought avant-garde to the mainstream with the Velvet Underground and his solo work was pronounced a revelation. Hit albums such as TRANSFORMER, SALLY CAN'T DANCE and BERLIN have cemented his name in the rock pantheon. A testament to his strength of character and true spirit, he was a creative and performer until the end, playing benefit gigs, featuring on new releases and, most poignantly, declaring that he was looking forward to 'being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future.' A true icon of rock 'n' roll - his legacy will live on in this book.

Lou Reed's Transformer

Author: Ezra Furman

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1501323075

Category: Music

Page: 184

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Transformer, Lou Reed's most enduringly popular album, is described with varying labels: it's often called a glam rock album, a proto-punk album, a commercial breakthrough for Lou Reed, and an album about being gay. And yet, it doesn't neatly fit into any of these descriptors. Buried underneath the radio-friendly exterior lie coded confessions of the subversive, wounded intelligence that gives this album its staying power as a work of art. Here Lou Reed managed to make a fun, accessible rock'n'roll record that is also a troubled meditation on the ambiguities-sexual, musical and otherwise-that defined his public persona and helped make him one of the most fascinating and influential figures in rock history. Through close listening and personal reflections, songwriter Ezra Furman explores Reed's and Transformer's unstable identities, and the secrets the songs challenge us to uncover.

Lou Reed: The Defining Years

Author: Peter Dogget

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1783230843

Category: Music

Page: 208

View: 6024


From the start, Lou Reed challenged the conventions of rock music. In 1964 he co-founded The Velvet Underground, the subversive New York cult band. Lou Reed, the self-styled poet and godfather to the punk generation spent over 40 years as a hypnotic performer, unrepentant rebel and scourge of the media. Lou Reed: The Defining Years focuses on the defining period that was to shape the rock ‘n’ roll animal who held out until the very end.

Lou Reed 'Talking'

Author: Nick Johnstone

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857122606

Category: Music

Page: 128

View: 1469


As the creator of the Velvet Underground and a consistently provocative solo performer, Lou Reed has rarely been lost for words. A true legend in the world of experimental and searching rock music, Lou Reed's career has been unpredictable and driven, pushing his musical expressions into new areas of exploration. His Metal Machine Music embraced the cathartic sounds of pure noise manipulations, his work with the Velvet Underground saw frequent collaboration with Andy Warhol, and Perfect Day has become one of the most successful songs of recent years through the celebrated charitable re-working. Over the past decade Reed has reinvented himself, ditching his image as a drug-addicted poet of despair and emerging as a clear thinker whose decadent past is now a distant memory. Here are the thoughts of the man himself.

Lou Reed: The Last Interview

Author: Lou Reed

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612194796

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 128

View: 8932


A revealing collection of interviews with one of the greatest artists in the history of rock ’n’ roll—as brilliant, punchy, and blustery as the man himself In this collection of powerful interviews given over thirty years—including his final interview—Lou Reed oscillates between losing patience with his interviewers (he was famous for walking out on them) and sharing profound observations on the human experience, especially as he reflects on poetry and novels, the joy of live performances, and the power of sound. In conversation with legendary rock critics and authors he respected, Reed’s interviews are as pithy and brilliant as the man himself. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Life and Music of Lou Reed

Author: Jeremy Reed

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 1783231890

Category: Music

Page: 288

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In Waiting For The Man, Jeremy Reed focuses on Lou Reed as rock's principal literary avatar, paying special attention to his controversial lyrics and prototypical garage sound. Lou Reed influenced generations of copyists that took note of his outlaw status, ambiguous sexual orientation characterised by his seventies relationship with the transvestite Rachel, his implacable mystique, cool and defiant attitude as the narrator of subcultures. Finally the book examines the transcendent, if reluctant calm, that Reed arrived at in later life. Taking in the sweep of Reed's career from Velvet Underground to the variants of forty years of resistant solo pioneering, Waiting For The Man accesses the man and his music, with the extraordinary perception and attention to detail.

Lou Reed & The Velvet Undergroud

Author: Diana Clapton

Publisher: Omnibus Press

ISBN: 0857127578

Category: Music

Page: 128

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Biography of Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground. Discography with an album-by-album review, all of this fully illustrated with great b&w and colour photos.

The Dead Straight Guide to The Velvet Underground and Lou Reed

Author: Peter Hogan

Publisher: This Day In Music Books

ISBN: 1787590518

Category: Music

Page: 304

View: 3710


The Velvets straddled art and rock, changing popular music forever, and sowing the seeds for punk, grunge and thousands of countercultural four-chord wonders. The Velvet Story: How Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, John Cale and co emerged from the New York scene, their successes and excesses and what happened to each in their solo years. Velvet Music: all there recordings plus all of Lou Reed's solo work. Velvetology includes Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, David Bowie, Delmore Schwaretsz and Brian Eno and the Velvets' on screen and in New York, their influences, covers, websites and more.