Transformer: The Lou Reed Story

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Simon & Schuster, 1994 - Music - 446 pages
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Lou Reed has done as much to shape the course of rock and roll as any of the industry greats. From his first doo wop record, "So Blue", released in his teens, to garage rock and psychedelic rock with the Velvet Underground, through his twenty-year solo career in glitter, punk, disco, alternative, and sober rock, he stands in the foreground as a major innovator and trendsetter. The Velvet Underground is now regarded as second only to the Beatles as the most influential group of the 1960s. When he launched his solo career in 1972, he appeared along with David Bowie and Marc Bolan in the vanguard of glitter rock. Soon after, he flung himself into the pit of punk with the ultimate album of the genre, Metal Machine Music. He went on to paint a portrait of one man's life in the underbelly of New York City through the 1970s, 80s, and 90s with fifteen more solo albums. Lou Reed emerges from the pages of Victor Bockris's internationally acclaimed biography as a brilliant lyrical innovator. It is as a writer that Reed has been able to traverse the various terrains of his career decade by decade. And it is from his position as a writer that he stands alongside his peers, Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

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User Review  - Andy - Goodreads

When I first started singing in a band I was so scared that the only way I could get through it was by exercising my cerebral talisman, saying, "Just pretend you're Lou Reed and you can't sing in tune ... Read full review

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User Review  - Karl Schaeffer - Goodreads

As another reviewer notes, Reed is both fascinating and appalling. I had this book way down on the "to-read" pile. I think I picked it up at a used book sale. Given, the recent passing of Mr. Reed, it ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
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Kill Your Son 195960
26
Pushing the Edge 196062 87
27
Copyright

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About the author (1994)

John Cale has led an extraordinary, often hilarious life at the cutting edge. A volatile personality, an innovative thinker and an expressive storyteller, he has wrestled with drugs, alcohol, and fame, yet is now at the peak of health and artistic achievement. He lives in New York City.
Victor Bockris, a veteran chronicler of the Beats and the Factory, has worked closely with Cale to produce what will undoubtedly become one of the most vivid and revealing insights into the heart of the rock world.

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