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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  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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 the image he projected to the public like a leather glove- a scowling, streetwise New Yorker who wore...
  • 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 made and why, which was almost always about painfully real things going through his head. The firs...
  • 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...
  • 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 intriguing character. While there was no reason for me to understand the backstory of every song on every alb...

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