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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  • BMR, MSW, LSW
    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 cer...
  • 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...
  • Bagus Anugerah Yoga
    When we are trying to talk about the Velvet Underground, it would be incomplete if we do not include Lou Reed in the topic. As the former leader of the Velvet Underground, he held a central role in orchestrating the group cultural influence through their iconic banana album aka The Velvet Undergroun...
  • Kris Michaud
    While hardly revelatory for more-than-casual fans, this biography IS slightly better (and necessarily more complete) than Bockris’ from 1994. By covering the VU years quickly, DeCurtis gets readers thinking more about (and maybe even listening to) neglected works from “Coney Island Baby?...
  • Derek Ambrose
    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!...
  • John
    I always suspected that Lou Reed's prickly, controlling, arrogant, self-indulgent, elitist persona was mainly an act. As detailed extensively by the author, it is all true! I remember attending a Lou Reed concert in 1986. He seemed very distracted and disturbed by people standing during the show. He...
  • Ethan
    Like the lyrics to “Walk on the Wild Side”, Reed’s life was a fascinating mix of uplifting acceptance and messy details that come off more problematic in 2017. DeCurtis’ tome to his friend comes off as not only successful in its mix of building up and tearing down the legends aro...

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