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Waiting for the Man : The Life and Career of Lou Reed
by Jeremy Reed


Overview - First published in Britain in 1994 and now available for the first time in America, Waiting for the Man , focuses on Lou Reed as rock's principal literary avatar, paying special attention to his con-troversial lyrics and prototypical garage sound.  Read more...

 
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Overview
First published in Britain in 1994 and now available for the first time in America, Waiting for the Man, focuses on Lou Reed as rock's principal literary avatar, paying special attention to his con-troversial lyrics and prototypical garage sound. Author Jeremy Reed (no relation) is a fellow poet-- one praised by J. G. Ballard as "the most original poet writing today" and by Bjork as "the most beau-tiful outrageous poet in the world"--and thus he examines Lou Reed's career through an entirely dif-ferent lens than other rock biographies. Taking in the sweep of Reed's career from Velvet Underground to the variants of forty years of resistant solo pio-neering, Waiting For the Man accesses the man and his music, with an extraordinary perception and attention to detail.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781468310672
  • ISBN-10: 1468310674
  • Publisher: Overlook-Omnibus
  • Publish Date: February 2015
  • Page Count: 288
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.41 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

This post-mortem revision of a 1994 biography of rock-and-roll's most cantankerous, complicated icon is not for the casual fan. Author Reed, an English poet and critic not related to his famously disdainful subject, is deeply steeped in the work, words, and thorny personality of the literary rocker, a sexual outlaw who turned "urban dirt into gold" through complex and disturbing lyrics and an insistent, metric, driving style of guitar playing. As Reed founded the Velvet Underground, a creation of Andy Warhol's Factory scene in the mid-1960s, he struggled with drug addiction, his homosexuality, and an unhappy legacy of parents who sent him for electroshock therapy to "cure" him. The author is sympathetic, but his frequent scholarly elevations cast some passages like academic papers on queer studies and literary theory, disappointing readers seeking gossip or anecdotes from a rock and roll life lived on the edge of death for several dire decades. Reed's complex relationships with three wives and a longtime same-sex partner are addressed forthrightly, as is his aggressive gay persona, which he embraced after leaving the Velvet and launching a solo career whose output veered from magnificent ("Coney Island Baby," "New York," "Rock ‘n' Roll Animal") to the unlistenable ("Metal Machine Music"). This updated edition addresses Reed's life and work from the early '90s until his death of liver failure in 2013, decades marked by acclaimed work such as "Magic and Loss" and less well received efforts like "The Raven." The author uses this work to bolster his belief that even when Reed's best work lived up to his literary expectations, his "intelligent theory was often more interesting than the actual lyric." (Feb.)

 
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