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Lou Reed: The Biography

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  92 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Published November 16th 1995 by Vintage (first published October 20th 1994)
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James Newman
Raw, honest, rock biography featuring perhaps the 20th century's most inventive original song-writer - Lou Reed. Bockris who had factory connections and hung out with William Burroughs during the bunker years was probably the best choice to pen this biography. If you like rock and roll, drugs, strange sex action and moutains of pills, thrills and bellyaches you can't go much wronger than this 'un.
Before I started this book, I was already fairly knowledgable about Lou Reed, growing up a huge fan of The Velvet Underground and a fairweathered fan of his solo work, and having read multiple periodicals at the time of my youthful discovery. Also, I had read the Keith Richards bio by Bockris as well and for some reason, that book made me leary of any of Bockris' other works, except his collaborative effort with Gerard Malanga "Uptight" that was the main source of my Velvets and Lou Reed informa ...more
I read this in the 1990s (and write this in 2014).

I cannot remember much about it - only that I really enjoyed it.

RIP Lou.
The key to this book is the clear direction of a man who new where he wanted to go. Over look the path, this is a book about anyone who wants to get to a specif place in this life. If you want to be a Rock Star, a politician or anyone, this a a book about how to do it... Its just happens to be about Lou Reed...
Marc Goldstein
just ok. long on gossip and short on musical insight. details of reed's personal life were intriguing. but the book lacked perspective on reed's influence and importance. prose was readable, workmanlike.
a friend of mine was telling me he thought the world would be better if lou reed never existed. he might be right.
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