(Book). Lou Reed has been art-rocker, iconoclast, contrary noise merchant, and junkie, yet he's always been fascinating. Only David Bowie, arguably, has re-invented himself as many times as Reed, while ensuring that each image was potent, edgy and dangerous. It's a tribute to Reed's standing that even punk rockers, with their scorched earth policy towards all pre-punk music, had a healthy respect and regard for him. Velvet Underground is one of the all-time greats; but in many people's eyes, Reed has produced his best work solo, after the demise of that band. This groundbreaking book analyzes and celebrates the willful intellect, fierce intelligence, and literary merits of Lou Reed's post-Velvet Underground music. Chris Roberts has written about music for fifteen years for The Guardian , Melody Maker , Sounds , and Uncut . He was also the editor of Idol Worship (Harper Collins), a collection of writings by pop stars (Bono, Thurston Moore, etc.) that has been hailed in some quarters as "The best book about rock 'n' roll ever."
walk on the wild side : the stories behind the songs
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard, c2004.
142 p. :,ill. ;,28 cm.
An interview with Lou Reed, February 2004
Introduction: walk on the wild side
Beginning to see the light : Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground
The Lou Reed albums. Lou Reed ; Transformer ; Berlin ; Rock'n'roll animal ; Sally can't dance ; Lou Reed live ; Metal machine music ; Coney Island baby ; Rock and roll heart ; Street hassle ; Take no prisoners ; The bells ; Growing up in public ; The blue mask ; Legendary hearts ; Live in Italy ; New sensations ; Mistrial ; New York Songs for Drella ; Magic and loss ; Set the twilight reeling ; Perfect night ; Ecstasy ; The raven ; Animal serenade.
Statement of Responsibility:
Includes discographical references (p. 138) and index.
Rock musicians United States Biography.