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The Life and Music of Lou Reed
Narrated by: Tom Perkins
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • matthewilfoe
  • 11-12-2016

great biography!

Pretty entertaining, very informative. I have a different approach to Lou Reed songs now. Recommended.

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  • Rick
  • 13-02-2016

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.

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  • Learning everyday
  • 14-03-2019

Any Lou Reed fan will love this

I'm a huge fan of Lou's music. The detail covered in this book helps one understand why and how Lou was like he was. A very contradictory person, Lou's personal and professional lives are given excellent attention in this very solid biography.

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  • catwoods
  • 30-01-2019

Good bio but overwritten in many parts

The book is pretty informative and obviously written by a fan of Lou but there are many times when I was listening where the author would just throw in a slew of big words for no reason whatsoever. It seems to be in there more to make the author look good then to convey anything but it only comes of as pretentious. i was also hoping there would be some stories about Lou and his treatment of his first wife but it was barely touched on.

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  • Elastic
  • 25-02-2019

Overly written but well told

I’ve read a lot of Reed bios over the years, but was pleasantly surprised by the strength of Levy’s research. That and decent story telling made up for his inability to write a straight sentence without showing off his knowledge of the dictionary. My other gripe: the book would have benefited from a musician proof reading the final draft. Despite all that, an enjoyable chronological romp.

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  • James
  • 13-07-2018

Great book about a true musical pioneer

Loved the book. I'm not the biggest Velvets/Reed fan, but his impact on modern culture....music in particular, is absolutely huge. Truly inspiring to hear how he wouldn't compromise, ever.

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  • Jikan Myshkin
  • 12-05-2018

enjoyable look at lou

unlike most biogrpahies of lou reed this one considers hos work at literature, and therein influences, plus gives background to things like pickwick records missing for other biographies. the one drawback is the narattor. although he does a good job he insits on giving voices to all of the characters. however, all of the voices, including inflections, are exactly the same regarless of gender, speaker and context. a serious and dark passage will be read with the same voice as a sweet and tender moment. it makes it a bit surreal but that is if i am being picky. all in all enjoyable although by no means comprehensive of everything of this interesting man's life. for that you'd need to read a few!