As cofounder of the Velvet Underground -- regarded as one of the most significant groups of the 1960s -- and solo artist, Lou Reed has influenced a wide range of rock musicians, from David Bowie to the Sex Pistols, from Patti Smith to U2. His innovative skill as a singer and songwriter of over 250 songs, including "Heroin" and "Walk on the Wild Side", and his multiple musical transformations during a twenty-year career have thrust Reed into the forefront of alternative rock, from garage to glitter, punk, disco, and rap.
Based on exclusive interviews with Reed and his friends, family, and associates, and including incisive portraits of John Cale, Andy Warhol, Nico, David Bowie, and others, Transformer offers an uncompromising and compelling view of a true rock 'n' roll chameleon.
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TRANSFORMER: The Lou Reed StoryUser Review - Kirkus
A slovenly, vicious biography of singer/guitarist/songwriter Reed, whose brilliant '60s work with the Velvet Underground and solo career merit more sensitive scrutiny. Andy Warhol junkies will be ... Read full review
Transformer: the Lou Reed storyUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A journalist at Andy Warhol's Interview from 1977 to 1981, Bockris (Keith Richards, S. & S., 1993) here presents the life and transformation of rock pioneer and poet Lou Reed. He chronicles Reed's ... Read full review