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Lou Reed: The Life Hardcover – 9 Dec 2013
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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)
...this "sincere speed-written, blood-spattered tribute" strings together the raciest anecdotes...and does it rather well. (Waldemar Januszczak SUNDAY TIMES)
The biography of the legendary musician and songwriter Lou Reed.See all Product description
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A pity because this highly intelligent, articulate, exasperating, often abusive, 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.
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.
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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