Dirty Blvd.: The Music and Life of Lou Reed by Aidan Levy

By Aidan Levy

A vastly insightful biography of the fellow who helmed the Velvet Underground and single-handedly created replacement rock

This e-book covers not just the highlights of Reed's profession, yet explores lesser-known elements of his paintings, similar to his first recordings with doo-wop workforce the Jades, his key literary affects, the effect of Judaism upon his paintings, and his engagement with the LGBT stream. Drawing from unique interviews with lots of his creative collaborators, associates, and romantic companions, in addition to from archival fabric, live performance pictures, and unreleased bootlegs of reside performances, soiled Blvd. exposes the guy in the back of the parable, the notoriously uncompromising rock poet who wrote songs that transcended their style and validated himself as some of the most influential and enigmatic American artists of the earlier part century.

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