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Fra pensiero ed espressione by Lou Reed
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Nov 17, 13

bookshelves: music, poetry
Read from October 29 to November 16, 2013

5 stars for the book
4 per la traduzione, che a volte lascia a desiderare.

The poetry of Lou Reed is simple in words, but deep in the way it reaches you. And when it does it brings you to tears, in the way it's so beautiful yet direct and true.
The recollections of Delmore Schwartz and Warhol get you a glimpse at how humble and plain he could be, even if it's hard to believe.
There's a lot from New York here and perhaps not enough from the Velvets period. But Lou himself curated the selection of lyrics so it's as good as it gets. It's only up to 1990 though: nothing beyond Songs for Drella.
With this book you understand why rock music is a truly American art form and noone can get near its peaks.

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Reading Progress

10/29/2013 marked as: currently-reading
10/30/2013 page 67
34.0% "Certo che la traduzione italiana di Walk on the wild side non è esattamente il massimo..."
11/15/2013 page 129
65.0% ""No one here dreams of being a doctor or a lawyer or anything They dream of dealing on the Dirty Boulevard Give me your hungry, your tired, your poor I'll piss on 'em That's what the Statur of Bigotry says""
11/15/2013 page 139
70.0% ""Good evening Mr. Waldheim and Pontiff, how are you? You have so much in common in the things you do""
11/15/2013 page 148
75.0% ""When you're growing up in a small town Bad skin, bad eyes -- gay and fatty People look at you funny""
11/16/2013 marked as: read

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