Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

Lou Reed: A Life

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 musician...

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  • Amy Leigh
    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...
  • TJ
    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 profession...
  • 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 subject with cold, clear eyes, the author makes a surprisingly fresh case for the humanity inherent in R...
  • 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 music collection - The Doors, Hendrix, Dylan, to name a few. It was also around this time Oliver Ston...
  • Chris Landry
    Pretty good, though it loses steam at the end. For example, DeCurtis' analyses of the early Velvets records are really detailed and insightful and filled with context that makes me appreciate those songs more. But for Reed's later works the observations are less sharp. What's more DeCurtis spends a ...
  • Matt
    A solid biography, I just wish it had included more pictures throughout the book instead of a few pages in the middle. Reed's life story is most fascinating when you consider how you would feel if the biggest mistakes and craziest decisions of your life were not only seen by the public, but embraced...
  • 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 rock and roll and began playing in bands early on. He also began experimenting with drugs and sex, lea...
  • Joseph
    Workmanlike and comprehensive, but relies overmuch on deep readings of Reed's lyrics for long stretches....
  • 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 hear that, but having such perfection at a young age is a hard thing to jump over. On the other hand, t...

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