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Lou Reed: The Biography Paperback – 16 Nov 1995


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New edition edition (16 Nov. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099303817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099303817
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1999
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for another worshiping fanmail, this is not the book to read. Bockris presents Lou Reed as anything but a pleasant guy. But still, this is a great book about one of rock n' roll's greatest. And as Reed himself is the great explorer of human's dark sides, Bockris reveals the dark sides of Lou Reed. But never the less, Bockris reveals a man who more than anyone else is Rock n' roll. With all what it's worth; rebellion, alienation and - not the least - fun.
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The author clearly dislikes Lou Reed and paints him in a very bad light. That's fine. From what I've read over the years, Lou Reed was not the nicest person in the world. That said, Brokris relentlessly compares Reed to reptiles within the covers of his book and frequently utilizes other similar and ridiculous similes. Was that necessary to make your point, Victor? There are ways of portraying an unsympathetic character without name-calling, which this book too frequently relies upon. Oh, so Lou Reed is "lizard-like" eh? He must be a bad man.

And it gets worse... made up quotes abound within the covers of this book. Bockris frequently puts quotes around statements supposedly made throughout Lou Reed's career. Thing is, how would he know what was said behind closed doors between Reed and his friends and acquaintances at Syracuse University in 1962? How can you quote a college friend when said friend died long before this book was written? Certainly, Reed himself did not provide Bockris with these lines. Needless to say, all of the quotes further paint Reed in a bad light, but since the sources are not given, one can only conclude these were made up by Bockris to further his agenda of discrediting Lou Reed. On my "favorite" page, Bockris states in December of 1971, Reed was a "chubby 30-something" and later on that same page, "fat" ...hmmm... for starters, Reed was 29-years-old in 1971 and photographs from that time indicate he was as thin as ever. There is so much made-up crap in this book that if there are indeed some actual facts included, one would never know. You cannot trust a word. Even if Bokris was right, what does Reed's age and weight have to do with his music?

There are also other numerous inaccuracies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clarko on 27 Feb. 2013
Format: Hardcover
A very good read very detailed , if you ever wanted an insight into one of the 20th century's most influential musicians then this the book for you
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PAUL DUNLEAVY on 24 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Decided on this book after reading reviews and was impressed with them.
Bought for good price, Looking forward to a good read.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
How come nobody noticed this before? 22 May 2002
By J. Auer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the exact same book (give or take) that became the Transformer book! Not necessary to have both, I've found out the hard way.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Moderate to heavy reading even for a die hard Lou Reed fan. 11 Dec. 1998
By maisadie@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I suppose as a book of reference this one works, as far as reading for enjoyment, I'd rather stick a hot poker in my ass. Hopefully, Transformer is better. I imagine it can be difficult puting someones life in an understandable order, especially a up and down guy like Reed, but I fell away in the attempt to follow.
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