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Lou Reed: The Life

Lou Reed: The Life [Kindle Edition]

Mick Wall
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Mick Wall has written in a rough and unsentimental style that suits his subject, and he doesn't gild Reed's more unpleasant aspects. (Will Hodgkinson (Chief Rock Critic) THE TIMES 2013-12-09)

...this "sincere speed-written, blood-spattered tribute" strings together the raciest anecdotes...and does it rather well. (Waldemar Januszczak SUNDAY TIMES 2013-12-15)

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Lou Reed died in 2013. This is the critically acclaimed biography of the songwriter, Velvet Underground member and musician.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8050 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140915307X
  • Publisher: Orion (9 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GO99IYA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hasty and Cheesy 16 Dec 2013
By MisterHobgoblin TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Released only a few weeks after Lou Reed's sudden death, this biography is a crude mish-mash of information previously published in books written with much less haste. The last real wave of biographies was published shortly after the release and popular acclaim of the New York album. This saw Reed reinvent himself from an angry techno-punk into an important singer-songwriter offering contemporary social commentary. Of course, this was really what Reed had always done, but perhaps without sounding so serious about it. What then followed were a series of serious albums that never came close to receiving the same interest or respect as New York. And so the biographers moved elsewhere.

The trouble with this book is that it necessarily glosses over Reed's last years and focuses to a great extent on the sixties and seventies - a period that is already well known. Dammit, Reed wrote about it himself, in his songs.

If you want to find a real tribute to The Life, look for Genesis Publications's hideously expensive compilation of new and previously unseen photographs. Or go back to the original source material that Mick Wall has cribbed from. Or better still, listen to the albums. But please don't waste your money on this cheese that was released in haste to make a few Christmas quid out of Lou Reed's passing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars What a Stinker !!!!! 8 Feb 2014
Having just finished this book,it's hard to see who it is aimed at. The seasoned Lou Fan would find nothing new here, While novices will find themselves confronted with a rush job, that is steeped in errors, and startling omissions. Do yourself a favour, listen to the Man's music and Judge for yourself. I read this dreadful thing so you don't have to...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This book is so badly written that words fail me. My student son bought it for me for Christmas knowing I'm a Lou Reed fan and I could weep that he wasted his cash on this tripe. When you find yourself screaming at the author 'the past participle of 's***' is 's***' or 's***ted'!!', you know you are reading drivel by someone who rushed out a book to cash in on Lou Reed's death without pausing for a moment to consider whether he was up to the task. Lou Reed was a poet. He deserves a better biography than this. Don't waste your money. If you want to know about Lou Reed's life you are better off googling past articles and spending your money on 'Transformer' and 'Coney Island Baby'
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Little, too soon. 19 Jan 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a book that was written in too much of a hurry after the death of Lou Reed. This erratic but often brilliant artist deserves a more thorough and detailed acccount of his life and work. Less speed, more considered analysis was called for, but what we are given is a review of the life and work at breakneck speed. A pity because this highly intelligent, articulate, exasperating and controversial man needs a much more thorough study of how the life influenced the works and how important or otherwise he was to the world of modern music.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nowhere At All 23 Dec 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
There is nothing really awful about this book and Mick Wall has an appreciation of most of Lou Reeds albums.
The problem is it really is a rush job and there is nothing new for anyone who has followed Lou Reeds career in any detail.
My advice would be to wait for the reissue and hopefully updated biography "Transformer" by Victor Bockris.
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