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Lou Reed 1972-1986 On Track

Every album, Every Song

Ethan Roy
UK retail price: £15.99
US retail price: $22.95

This book examines the first decade-and-a-half of Lou Reed’s work as a solo artist. It would be easy to paint these years with a broad brush; with the ghost of The Velvet Underground in its aftermath gradually gaining cultural influence, this slow-burning legacy would both tether and liberate its key participant. Between the years of 1972 and 1986, Lou Reed would seek, achieve, reject, lament and, once again, pine for professional success while the excesses and extremities of a life lived in public wielded their own unruly impact. While this book seeks to maintain its focus on the music first and foremost, with an artist like Lou Reed, it seems impossible for the personal to stay divorced from the product.

We will see a tentative, crestfallen Lou begin to emerge from his parental Long Island, NY cocoon to test the waters for a solo career. There is worldwide stardom and success, then banishment, followed by his embracing and rejection of various commercial enterprises, to midlife revision and rejuvenation. Multiple partners of influence, both professional and personal, would be accumulated and jettisoned, all leaving lasting traces. Lou did a lot in 14 years, and it’s only half of the story.

The Author

Ethan Roy is a professor of English Composition at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY. A deep-dish music geek since pre-natal status, at 16 years of age, he dropped out of high school in order to secure full-time employment at what was the best record store in his community, thus affording him a real education of true merit and value. He has played and recorded with various bands over the years and occasionally makes instrumental electronic nonsense under the name, Moon Risk 7. His first tattoo was the image from the front cover of Lou Reed’s The Blue Mask LP.

Number of Pages: 176
Number of colour pictures: 38
ISBN: 9781789522839
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UK retail price: £15.99
US retail price: $22.95


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