This is a very difficult book to give a score. If you are new to the 70's trash trinity, Bowie, Iggy and Lou, you would enjoy the book, the problem lies with familiarity of the subject matter. I've been a fan of these guys for years and have steadily collected the magazine articles and read the biographies as they've been released. As such, there is very little that I haven't read before, the only new stuff is related to the interviews the author had with Bowie's ex manager, Tony Defries and Defries has a biography which is due out soon anyway. The book looked too tempting to resist but unfortunately it didn't deliver, I'm afraid it is in the main regurgitated old news. If you are truly interested in these characters, Paul Trynka has delivered decent biographies on Bowie and Iggy and Victor Bockris' Lou Reed biography is another worthy purchase.
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 Bowie's manager during the first half of the decade, Tony Defries, worked with Thompson on his own biography (as yet unpublished) so this source alone gives the book credence.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)
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.
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.