This book not only covers the highlights of Lou Reed's career but explores lesser-known facets of his work, such as his first recordings with doo-wop group the Jades, his key literary influences, the impact of Judaism upon his work, and his engagement with the LGBT movement. Drawing from original interviews with many of his artistic collaborators, friends, and romantic partners, as well as from archival material, concert footage, and unreleased bootlegs of live performances, Dirty Blvd. exposes the man behind the myth, the notoriously uncompromising rock poet who wrote songs that transcended their genre and established himself as one of the most influential and enigmatic American artists of the past half century.
©2015 Aidan Levy (P)2015 Tantor
"Aidan Levy shines a light into unexamined corners of this singular life and enlarges our sense of his subject's spiky unforgettable character." (Peter Blauner, author of Slipping into Darkness)
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"Great story, a little pretentious"
I love the story, the icon, Epic. A lot of stuff I certainly didn't know? I could have done without the overly verbose descriptions however? Not impressed, I mean who talks like that? No one I know, but I guess I'm simple. I don't want to listen to a story with a dictionary and a thesaurus next to me... Also, the obscure literary and psychological bullsh*t gets a little old. I think Reed wouldn't have appreciated that.
Pretty entertaining, very informative. I have a different approach to Lou Reed songs now. Recommended.
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