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7 Aug 2008
Containing a body of work that spans more than three decades, Pass Thru Fire is a stunning collection of the lyrics of an American original. Through his many incarnations-from proto punk to glam rocker to elder statesman of the avant garde-Lou Reed's work has maintained an undeniable vividness and raw beauty, fueled by precise character studies and rendered with an admirable shot of moral ambiguity. Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo career-albums like Transformer, Berlin, New York, Magic and Loss, and Ecstasy-Pass Thru Fire is crucial to an appreciation of Lou Reed, not only as a consummate underground musician, but as one of the truly significant poets of our time.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Updated edition (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030681630X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306816307
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.5 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Post "This paperback collection of Reed ruminations is not only a lyrical walk on the wild side, it's a typographic wonder." "John Shelton Ivany Top 21" "A comprehensive collection...A must-have for any fan...Crucial to understanding and appreciating Lou Reed." Gallery & Studio, 2/09 "The revelation of Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics is how well many of Lou's words hold up on the page." SwampLand.com "I felt lucky when Pass Thru Fire arrived at my door. It made my day." Hartford Advocate, 3/7/09 "Perusing this 576-page volume should be a lesson in humility for any aspiring rock poet." New York Times, 11/13/13 "In a 1987 interview, Mr. Reed talked about seeing his record albums as chapters in one huge, long novel: 'They're all in chronological order,' he said. 'You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there's my Great American Novel.' Pass Thru Fire, the recent volume of Reed's collected lyrics--dedicated to 'L.A.,' Laurie Anderson--provides another version of that novel, and even without the essential soundtrack, the lyrics possess a remarkable organic coherence, charting a harrowing journey through the bohemian underworlds of New York City, through the ravages of heroin and speed, and emotional terror, fury and aloneness--and toward something like grace."

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Lou Reed founded the legendary Velvet Underground in 1965 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in New York City.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'm amazed he can remember them! 30 April 2001
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Format:Hardcover
Lou Reed has spent much of his time since the 60's in various drug induced states, which in most people would have had an adverse effect on their brain, and particularly their memory.
Not so Lou Reed. In this volume he presents the complete set of his lyrics (starting with the VU and Nico - no Pickwick material), and ending with Ecstacy. How on earth he can remember them all is beyond me.
Now at last we can all know what Marsha would never touch again. What really happened to Lady Godiva on the operating table. Who was there with Sister Ray. And finally we can unravel the secrets of The Murder Mystery.
The presentation tries to be clever, but the real clever stuff is in the words. Lou plays well with prose, and his puns range from the celever to the just plain silly. "Shaving my head's made me bolder"... Oh Lou!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure poetry 5 Jan 2003
Format:Hardcover
If you're a fan of Lou Reed like I am then this is a must-have. The collection features every lyric Reed has ever written including his work with Nico and The Velvet Underground besides his solo material and although you may previously have been a fan of these songs it is only when you see the words written down and bound together in front of you that you can begin to appreciate them. The sheer ugliness, beauty and life expressed is astonishing and the lyrics flow like pure poetry.
As if the content of this edition wasn't enough, the book itself is lovingly put together. Each page has little quirks such as Reed's own handwriting annotating the texts or the 'teardrops' which cover the pages containing the lyrics to The Velvet Underground's 'Loaded.'
A house is not a home without a copy of this on the coffee table.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Lyrics book but.... 29 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Had hoped that this book would give a little more insight into the origins of each of the songs by VU & LR but unfortunately it is just lyrics from all there songs but still worth while addition to my collection;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 16 May 2014
By Tony.C.
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Errrrm? Its a book of Lou Reeds song lyrics..... If you are looking for a book full of Lou Reed song lyrics, buy this!
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars CANNOT READ PRINT 25 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
No problem with the lyrics and concept the problem is the download more than 70% of it cannot be read, lines and words are both faint, upside down, the font on these particular pages cannot be adjusted.

Also looks like a photocopy of words that are not flat on the screen.

I want my money back. Please beware
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