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Transformer: The Lou Reed Story

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Transformer: The Lou Reed Story

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Victor Bockris
Music, Biography

We gave it an A-

It was the Velvet Underground that fully ushered a darker musical persona into ’60s rock — a counterpoint to the saccharine of psychedelia. Manic and mercurial, charming and petty, Lou Reed was the Velvet whose own life most closely mirrored the group’s vivid, abrasive art. Victor Bockris has written a very readable portrait of a man ”growing up in public,” one whose life and career are interwoven, the stuff of an ongoing musical autobiography like Transformer: The Lou Reed Story. A biographer of Keith Richards and William S. Burroughs, Bockris studies Reed’s life in flight from his Long Island, N.Y., home and parents he alternately rejected and adored; his drift into Andy Warhol’s wild orbit; his clashes with John Cale; and his painful emergence as a solo artist. Blending informed biographical narrative with abundant quotes and a dishy, conversational style, Bockris captures the many moods — and mood swings — of a true rock &amp roll chameleon. A-