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Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtisThe essential biography of one of musics most influential icons: Lou Reed
As lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and a renowned solo artist, Lou Reed invented alternative rock. His music, at once a source of transcendent beauty and coruscating noise, violated all definitions of genre while speaking to millions of fans and inspiring generations of musicians.
But while his iconic status may be fixed, the man himself was anything but. Lou Reeds life was a transformers odyssey. Eternally restless and endlessly hungry for new experiences, Reed reinvented his persona, his sound, even his sexuality time and again. A man of contradictions and extremes, he was fiercely independent yet afraid of being alone, artistically fearless yet deeply paranoid, eager for commercial success yet disdainful of his own triumphs. Channeling his jagged energy and literary sensibility into classic songs - like Walk on the Wild Side and Sweet Jane - and radically experimental albums alike, Reed remained desperately true to his artistic vision, wherever it led him.
Now, just a few years after Reeds death, Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis, who knew Reed and interviewed him extensively, tells the provocative story of his complex and chameleonic life. With unparalleled access to dozens of Reeds friends, family, and collaborators, DeCurtis tracks Reeds five-decade career through the accounts of those who knew him and through Reeds most revealing testimony, his music. We travel deep into his defiantly subterranean world, enter the studio as the Velvet Underground record their groundbreaking work, and revel in Reeds relationships with such legendary figures as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, and Laurie Anderson. Gritty, intimate, and unflinching, Lou Reed is an illuminating tribute to one of the most incendiary artists of our time.
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What few people know about DeCurtis is that he lived and worked in Atlanta in the s. Saturday afternoon, starting at 2 p. A second show follows on Sunday, May 13, from 6 to 8 p.
The narrative of his life and career seems to deal in contradiction—he was an unforgiving asshole and a generous supporter of the arts, a detail-oriented control freak who liked to make simple, three-chord songs, a rockstar who wanted more than anything to be taken seriously as a literary figure, an iconoclastic outsider always secretly searching for massive success, and a queer icon who married three women. Throughout his career, from the Velvet Underground to his vast, plus years of solo work, Reed followed up commercial successes like Transformer with inaccessible artist statements like Berlin and Metal Machine Music. Though a breadth of biographical material on him exists, Reed himself never wrote an autobiography—he rarely seemed to even want to talk about himself, despite the rockstar image he cultivated and the confessional lyrics he put into the world. Maybe this is why there are so many biographies on Reed: They all want to definitively chronicle an artist whose essence was so difficult to find. The selections below each offer different perspective on Lou Reed the artist and person.
As Lou Reed was dying, he was visited by his friend Julian Schnabel. The painter remembered, "We were in the swimming pool and I was holding him in my arms, and he said to me, 'You know, I was on the beach with my dad, and I put my hand in his hand and he smacked me in the face. Schnabel was fascinated and disturbed to learn that some of Reed's final thoughts were of his relationship with his father, describing that relationship in a sense that resembled how many others have felt the musician himself treated them. Veteran rock writer Anthony DeCurtis has produced a biography first published in , out now in paperback that doesn't try to penetrate too deeply into Reed's psyche. Although he was, by Reed's own account, the one journalist the rocker trusted, DeCurtis admits Reed wouldn't have wanted the book written and would certainly not have cooperated if it was written during his lifetime.