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Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics

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As the songwriter who brought plainspoken realism to rock and roll (New York Times), Lou Reed has long been considered a keen-eyed observer of the social scene. This definitive collection includes lyrics to Lou's earliest work and to his most recent recording. Its brilliantly innovative interior design has brought it praise and awards.
Paperback, 469 pages
Published January 16th 2002 by Hyperion (first published 2000)
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Diann Blakely
To continue with DaCapo's offerings for 2008, you have to be pretty damn cool to toss your collected lyrics, otherwise known as *Pass Thru Fire*, into the fray with a December pub date. At a time when traditional newspapers and even alt-weeklies, which assign titles weeks if not months in advance, assuming they cover them at all, they tend, after all, make do with end-of-the-year lists much briefer than this one, which strives for inclusiveness, and who’s to say what the reviewer’s taste will be ...more
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“All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter,” he told Rolling Stone in 1987. “They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”


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I discovered this quote only last night, 27 october 2013.
I may have read and forgotten it — it makes so much sense it hardly needs to be stated
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Wrote about meeting him around the time this book came out in my obituary for The Millions: http://www.themillions.com/2013/11/lo...
Malcolm
Feb 06, 2008 Malcolm rated it it was amazing
It's nice to have them all in one place.
Adam
Jun 28, 2015 Adam rated it it was amazing
This is soothing salve for the passing of Lou Reed. I need not go into superlatives; the music speaks for itself. Pass Through Fire: The Collected Lyrics collects nearly everything spanning a 40+ year career of musical imaginings.

Each album's lyrics have an idiosyncratic artful appearance, from a rain-spotted Loaded by The Velvet Underground to the falling-off-the-page words from Magic and Loss. One could spend some time interpreting the appearances' connection to the words:

- Are the "tears" fro
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Caitlin
Apr 12, 2015 Caitlin rated it liked it
Great lyrics of course but the formatting of this particular collection is like a Shel Silverstein book with none of the cleverness.
Travis Hi.
Feb 23, 2009 Travis Hi. rated it liked it
Turns out, divorced from the music, Reed's fine lyrics can be damn moronic. This is more evidence that lyrics and poetry are not only not synonymous, but often entirely exclusive (or they should be).
J. Lopez
Jun 11, 2012 J. Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent collection for those who are fascinated with Reed's lyrics. My only complaint was that the book did not contain any photos of the artist.
Michael Hyneman
Aug 05, 2012 Michael Hyneman rated it it was amazing
Great design and typography help further push done of the best lyrics/poetry of Reed's best works.
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si alguien sabe donde venden ese libro, please tell me... larga historia
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LOU REED!!!! THE VELVET UNDERGROUND!!!!!!
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Shelves: music
It's just lyrics - some good, some bad.
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Lou Reed was an influential American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. He first came to prominence as the guitarist and principal singer-songwriter of The Velvet Underground (1965-1973). The band gained little mainstream attention during their career, but in hindsight became one of the most influential of their era. As the Velvets’ principal songwriter, Reed wrote about subjects of personal ex ...more
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