Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Lou Reed biography in the works

Rolling Stone writer Will Hermes has signed with publishers Farrar, Straus and Giroux to write “Lou: A New York Life”, a biography of the late Lou Reed.

The New York Times reports Hermes says he plans to write a “full, definitive biography” on Reed, who passed away October 27 from liver disease at the age of 71.

As for the subtitle, still tentative, Hermes said New York City would “figure prominently” in the book, “because how could it not? Reed loved the city deeply, based his adult life here, rooted much of his work here and was a huge figure in our cultural life. I think we have yet to fully measure the loss. He was one of the greatest artists of our generation.”

Herme has previously published “Love Goes To Buildings On Fire”, a look at the Talking Heads, the Ramones and other influential figures of the mid-1970s New York music scene.

Reed first gained prominence with the groundbreaking Velvet Underground in the late Sixties before launching a solo career.

Lou’s mainstream rock success included 1970’s “Sweet Jane” and “Rock & Roll”, 1972’s “Walk On The Wild Side”, “I Love You Suzanne” (1984) and 1989’s “Dirty Blvd.”

Reed infamously teamed up with Metallica for 2011’s “Lulu”, a project based on songs for a theatrical production of Frank Wedekind’s classic femme fatale plays.

See also:

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VIDEO: Lou Reed & Metallica talk about Lulu
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