How lou reed, sterling morrison, john cale and co emerged from the. The kind of book that i was going to write about lou was the kind of book he deserved. Musically, reeds work didnt have too much in common with the sonic bombast of the glam scene, but at least it was a place where his eccentricities could find a comfortable home, and on transformer bowie and his righthand man, mick ronson, crafted a new sound for reed that was better fitting and more commercially astute than the ambivalent. Transformer gene, a family of genes that regulate sex determination in some insects transformer flying car, a darpa military project. Victor bockris transformerthe lou reed story 1995 free ebook download as pdf file.
Rhymes is a bilingual book english and french featuring more than 300 photos by lou reed. Kindle ebooks can be read on any device with the free kindle app. Legendary songwriter and guitarist lou reed passed away on the 27th october 20, but his musical influence is assured. Victor bockris transformerthe lou reed story 1995 scribd. As with its predecessor lou reed, transformer contains songs reed composed while in the velvet underground here, four out of ten. Lou reed was an american musician best known for cofounding the velvet underground, and his fivedecade long career as a solo artist. Lou reeds transformer by ezra furman, paperback barnes.
Levy spends nearly two thirds of the book on reeds life through transformer, then flies through the rest. He was able to capitalize on the glamrock movement that had edged into popularity at the time, especially with the help of one of the herald who brought the style to the mainstream. Transformer is the second solo studio album by american recording artist lou reed. Lou reed simple english wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In january 2006, he released a second book of photographs, lou reeds new york. Im interested in writing a book, lou reed once said. Plays flat, clean, but the bass is way out of whack to my ears. When most people think of lou reed, they picture the black, rotting heart of rock and roll, full of dissonance, decadence and decay. Produced by david bowie and mick ronson, the album was released in november 1972, on the label rca. Levy spends nearly two thirds of the book on reed s life through transformer, then flies through the rest in the remaining third.
You know, it is ok to tell the story of the man and still hold up the music as groundbreaking, legendary, and unforgettable. Transformer bruce kulick album, 2003 transformer, a song by gnarls barkley from st. Produced by david bowie and arranged by mick ronson, the album. But the book to wait for was always going to be this one by bockris, the poet of the new york underground. The accompanying text, written by bernard comment, gives his views on the photographic work of lou reed. Billy name, gerard malanga, lots on john cale, what. Victor bockris shares this acclaimed biography of lou reed, going from decade to decade of reed s rollercoaster success, sharing the various terrains of reed s life in music. Biographer sought to write the kind of book lou reed. After bockris lou reed biography, transformer, was first published in 1994, the ensuing 19 years saw its subject gripped by an almost incredible amount of action.
He was originally from long island, new york and spent most of his life in new york city. From the rise of the velvet underground in the 1960s to reed. And yet, it doesnt neatly fit into any of these descriptors. Reed recorded career peaks such as ecstasy, supervised spectacular repackagings of past achievements, gleefully revisited previously reviled works and even collaborated with metallica. From his first doo wop record, so blue, released in his teens.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Reeds papers date from 1958 to 2015, and chronicle his career through audio and video recordings, office files, photographs, artwork, and press clippings. Transformer is one of reeds strongest and consistent solo albums, and contains the songs satellite of love, perfect day and walk on the wild side. A man of contradictions and extremes, he was fiercely independent yet afraid of being alone, artistically fearless yet deeply paranoid, eager for commercial success. Download pdf transformer the complete lou reed story book full free. Transformer is the only complete and comprehensive telling of the lou reed story. The plaudits have arrived very quickly for lou reed, who has died aged 71. A triumph time out transformer is the only complete and. Lou reeds most popular book is in dreams begin responsibilities and other stories. The book opens with the teenage electroshock treatments that dominated reeds. He is remembered for being in the velvet underground, although he also released solo. Buried underneath the radiofriendly exterior lie coded confessions of the subversive. As part of his research, decurtis interviewed many people reed knew, including his first two wives. The first threequarters is pretty bitchy, psychoanalyzing and calling lou reed every name in the book, while giving plenty of detail but also some clearly guessedat stuff from his earliest days to about 1980.
Lou reed has done as much to shape the course of rock and roll as any of the industry greats. Discussion in music corner started by conjotter, jan 7, 2017. Booktopia has transformer, the complete lou reed story by victor bockris. Click download or read online button to transformer thecomplete loureed story book pdf for free now. Anderson may overlap with howard sounes, the author of the controversial new lou reed biography, notes from. Transformer thecomplete loureed story download transformer thecomplete loureed story ebook pdf or read online books in pdf, epub, and mobi format. When lou reed who is being inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame next year alongside joan jett, ringo starr and others died in october 20, there were the inevitable potboiler books attempting to sum up the man, his music and motivations.
Lewis allan lou reed march 2, 1942 october 27, 20 was an american rock musician. The tray card inside artwork shows the text original masters running vertically alongside the spine. P ublished in 1994, when lou reed was 52 years old, the first edition of bockriss transformer ended on a decidedly downbeat note. Michael ochs archives around this time, reed began to write a song in praise of a new habit, an ecstatic itemisation of the nullifying effects of heroin. Lou reed has 36 books on goodreads with 2792 ratings.
The first part of the book is a compilation of interviews with lou reed taken from different sources talking about his career, with some bw photos. Transformer, lou reeds most enduringly popular album, is described with varying labels. Now discover the true story of the velvet underground pioneer in this update of bockriss classic biography. His second, transformer 1972, was produced by david bowie and arranged by mick ronson, and. If you lived through it, the albums and the backstage offstage stories and the whole ball of wax, this book feels like an accurate document of who and what lewis allan lou reed actually was. Eternally restless and endlessly hungry for new experiences, reed reinvented his persona, his sound, even his sexuality time and again. Pdf lou reed s transformer download full pdf book download. The complete lou reed story by victor bockris available from rakuten kobo. Lewis allan reed march 2, 1942 october 27, 20 was an american musician, singer. Transformer, the complete lou reed story by victor bockris. Reeds sexual ambiguity and daring led to much of the success of transformer as well as the providing a direction for the next few years into his solo career. Transformer the complete lou reed story available for download and read online in other formats.
Ezra furman wrote a book about lou reeds transformer. Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 next conjotter forum resident thread starter. Rear panel includes 2002 bmg heritage 07863 652 2 in lower right corner. Reed presents his photographs as a collection of photography. The album is considered an influential landmark of the glam rock genre, anchored by reeds most successful single, walk on the wild side, which touched on thencontroversial topics of sexual orientation, gender identity, prostitution, and drug use. Vicious you hit me with a flower you do it every hour oh, baby youre so vicious vicious you want me to hit you with a stick but all ive got is a guitar pick oh baby. Pdf transformer the complete lou reed story download. Lou reed s transformer available for download and read online in other formats. He is clearly regarded as a towering figure, credited with playing a central role in creating one of the most influential. Download pdf lou reed s transformer book full free. But as anthony decurtis makes clear in his new book, behind the image and the rumors, lou was one thing. The complete lou reed story ebook by victor bockris. Includes 16 page cover booklet of artwork, commentary on the development of transformer and credits. A triumph time out transformer is the only complete and comprehensive telling of the lou reed story.1605 1594 8 634 1460 969 615 410 1612 950 1183 1378 824 568 123 549 1175 158 387 1338 15 542 1027 384 1156 1594 1390 1251 1022 1200 838 999 1186 916 346 192