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Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed [Paperback]

Dave Thompson
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1 Nov 2009
From the New York art scene of the mid-1960s, to the drag clubs of Berlin a decade later, through the darkest side of London and beyond, "Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell" is the story of the friendship of these three legends and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it.

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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books (1 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0879309857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0879309855
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ahh, those young dudes!! 2 April 2010
By Stephen Lloyd VINE VOICE
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The two previous reviews of this book are very unfair.

If you are interested in Bowie, Pop and Reed then you will likely find this to be an enjoyable overview of their relationship and influence during the 70's. Arguably the decade when these artists produced their best work (other than Reed of course who achieved this in the 60's with the Velvet's).

Thompson may be a little too prolific with his output (and undiscerning in his subject matter at times!) but he is unquestionably good at his craft. His two previous Bowie biographies `Moonage daydream' and `Hallo Spaceboy' are both excellent as are his armchair guides to The Cure and Suede.

True, much of the detail contained within is not new but the focus of the book is pretty unique and allows fuller exploration of a significant period when these artists had creative impact upon one another. Those seeking new information will also find it here. Bowie's manager during the first half of the decade, Tony Defries, worked with Thompson on his own biography (as yet unpublished) so this source alone gives the book credence.

Overall, I liked this book a lot. It's a worthy addition to the bookshelf alongside those identified above and the stand alone biographies of Bowie (Buckley), Pop (Trynka) and Reed (Bockris)

Give us your take on Bolan next time Mr Thompson!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This lousy book belongs in hell 29 Jan 2010
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Take 3 rock icons, whoes stories of debauchery and mahem have been widley publicised, and add nothing, thats what this book seems to achieve, do yourself a favour, listen to the music. and leave this book where it belongs in the bargain bin.Oh and by the way Lou Reed's boy/girl friend in the 70's was called Rachel, not Tommy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad, after all 5 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
I first wrote a review which said this book is total trash. That was when I had read about half of the book. And it was true, that there was some lousy, not so interesting moments before that, even so that I was not sure if I will ever get through it. But then something happened. There was also interesting parts in the first half of the book, especially concerning Andy Warhol's Factory and Velvet Underground, but there were also boring bits about Tony Defries, Moot the Hoople and such... Things that didn't seem to relate to the three big names on the cover. Anyway, when reading further all this other information and characters started to fall in place in the whole, and proved to be essential part of the story told. The other half of the book I read very fast and it was entertaining.

I can't say how much the information in this book is new, as I have read only very little books about Lou Reed and Iggy before. Anyway, it was interesting read and I would recommend it.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad book could have been better 6 Mar 2010
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i was really looking forward to this book, its not bad but could have better, and i have read better,shame.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Glittering Prizes, But short on Details sometimes. 3 Jan 2010
By Cinema Classics - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I knew I wanted to Read & learn more about that Magical Pre-Punk Glitter Period where these three Icons Crossed Paths, shared stages & studios. For the Most Part I say Good job to Dave Thompson.
I learned a Lot, But Each time it moved from Guy to Guy, there were more passages that were crying out for More details. Lou went on tour...That was All he Did?? David went to the Studio...& the Album just Popped out, Iggy decided to work again... I hate to say this, But I think I expected More Drug Talk/details. I loved the Inner workings of a Crazy Organization like MAINMAN, But still left wanting to know more of the Details!!

I was just Left a bit Wanting. I Read it Pretty Quickly, & look forward to learning even More about these 3, from more Detailed Books. David Has been dissected in Lots of Books, but Iggy & Lou need more! But their mystique does seem to remain intact, Lou's Especially! Which I think I prefer!

Check this one out, But Don't expect the story to be all Told!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Engrossing 10 Aug 2010
By thrashahoy202 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Just finished this book and I found it to be a fun and easy read. It's thoroughly researched and well-paced, and Thompson is an excellent writer. Sure, there are plenty of books that delve deeper into their respective careers, but few focus on their inter-connectedness and relevance during such a pivotal time in 20th century music. Essential for anyone with an interest in dangerous and thought-provoking rock and roll.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WorthShelfSpaceCertainly 27 Jun 2010
By Sotto Voce Nyx - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A little surprised about the prior review. I thought, considering the length and breadth of the subject matter, that for 300 odd pages, Mr. Thompson does an admirable job. Recall, other books on the subject have already been written, see Open Up and Bleed, Waiting for the Man (and the more seedy biographies) and the plethora of Bowie books out there. Like "Bowie in Berlin," gives one more perspective via an examination of the broader context of the players, their influences and subsequent cross pollination. Good Job! Though I think he might have included Nico on the cover as well. (GRIN)
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