Lou Reed has been art-rocker, iconoclast, contrary noise merchant, and junkie, yet he's always been fascinating. Only David Bowie, arguably, has re-invented himself as many times as Reed, while ensuring that each image was potent, edgy and dangerous.
It's a tribute to Reed's standing that even punk rockers, with their scorched earth policy towards all pre-punk music, had a healthy respect and regard for him. Velvet Underground is one of the all-time greats; but in many people's eyes, Reed has produced his best work solo, after the demise of that band.
This ground-breaking book analyses and celebrates the wilful intellect, fierce intelligence, and literary merits of Lou Reed's post-Velvet Underground music. Chris Roberts has written about music for fifteen years for The Guardian, Melody Maker, Sounds, and Uncut . He was also the editor of Idol Worship, a collection of writings by pop stars that has been hailed in some quarters as "The best book about rock 'n' roll ever."
|An interview with Lou Reed|
|Introduction: Walk On The Wild Side|
|Beginning To See The Light - Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground|
|The Lou Reed Albums|
|Discography, Sources and Thanks|
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Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 15th September 2004
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.544