Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell
The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed
"When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser. Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe that threatened to undermine all that had come before." "With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformer album was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem "Walk on the Wild Side." Iggy's Raw Power, mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for punk. And Bowie lifted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust." "From the New York art world of the mid-1960s, where Nico and Andy Warhol sparked a scene that would help catapult the career of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, through Iggy Pop's comic-tragic trip with the Stooges, and right up to the late 1970s and Bowie's Berlin-born masterpiece "Heroes," Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell tells the story of these warped and brilliant musicians, interwoven in a triple helix of wanton sexuality, ultradecadence, and dangerous drugs, as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen."--Jacket.
New York : Backbeat Books, 2009.
viii, 320 pages,  pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,23 cm