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

Lou Reed Details

TitleLou Reed
Author
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
ISBN-139780316376556
Rating
GenreMusic, Biography, Nonfiction

Lou Reed Review

  • Phil Overeem
    January 1, 1970
    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 subject with cold, clear eyes, the author makes a surprisingly fresh case for the humanity inherent in Reed's life and work. It takes DeCurtis a bit to get rolling; the early life / Velvets section is mostly what we already knew. But beginning with Reed's departure from VU, and especially extending into 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 subject with cold, clear eyes, the author makes a surprisingly fresh case for the humanity inherent in Reed's life and work. It takes DeCurtis a bit to get rolling; the early life / Velvets section is mostly what we already knew. But beginning with Reed's departure from VU, and especially extending into his last quarter-century, he writes absorbingly, and even re-evaluates relationships and work that seemed settled for posterity. Recommended.
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  • TJ
    January 1, 1970
    From his beginnings in the Velvet Underground to his final days as a New York City socialite with Laurie Anderson, Anthony Decurtis's unabashed account of the artist know as Lou Reed is the definitive statement of the underground music icon. In not only detailing Reed's life, personal and professional, DeCurtis examines Reed's music album by album. This is the best rock and roll biography I have ever read (and I've read a lot of them). Lou Reed: A Life solidifies Reed as an Artist with a "capita From his beginnings in the Velvet Underground to his final days as a New York City socialite with Laurie Anderson, Anthony Decurtis's unabashed account of the artist know as Lou Reed is the definitive statement of the underground music icon. In not only detailing Reed's life, personal and professional, DeCurtis examines Reed's music album by album. This is the best rock and roll biography I have ever read (and I've read a lot of them). Lou Reed: A Life solidifies Reed as an Artist with a "capital A", putting him among the ranks of literary likenesses of his Syracuse University mentor friend Delmore Schwartz, but also with his New York mentor Andy Warhol and friend David Bowie.
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  • Amy Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    A must read for Lou Reed & Velvet Underground fans. The author knew Lou Reed well on a personal level and gave him unprecedented access to windows of his soul and parts of his life you will probably only read on this book. Definitely not a boring biography but an adventure that happened in real life!
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  • BMR, MSW, LSW
    January 1, 1970
    I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and just finished it...so many books, so little time.I knew the bare minimum about Lou Reed prior to reading this biography. He was basically the Rodney Dangerfield of rock and roll, "I get no respect." I now am compelled to listen to and study his catalog. It certainly sounds like he was at least 10 years ahead of the times musically and artistically for most of his career. His work is not for everyone, nor should it be. This book is very densely packed. I al I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, and just finished it...so many books, so little time.I knew the bare minimum about Lou Reed prior to reading this biography. He was basically the Rodney Dangerfield of rock and roll, "I get no respect." I now am compelled to listen to and study his catalog. It certainly sounds like he was at least 10 years ahead of the times musically and artistically for most of his career. His work is not for everyone, nor should it be. This book is very densely packed. I almost gave it 4 stars, but there was entirely too much conjecture and speculation in it. If you cut out all the guessing about Lou's feelings and motives it would have been much tighter and shorter.Recommended for fans and musos only.
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  • Derek Ambrose
    January 1, 1970
    Of all the important musicians that have died of late Lou Reed is the only one that I feel is missing during my day to day life. DeCurtis's bio is wonderful. I devoured this book in a day. The combination of critical analysis and tales of their friendship make this a unique book. Highly Recommended!
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  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Goodreads win review. This is an awesome book about Lou Reed and the velvet Underground band. I love to read about music.
  • J. Harding
    January 1, 1970
    A very well written and engaging biography and the late Lou Reed. Recommended.
  • Tiffany Guthrie
    January 1, 1970
    This is a must read for any Lou Reed fan! I am so grateful for the opportunity to read this book about him.
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