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Book Title: Lou Reed: Growing Up in Public|
The author of the book: Peter Doggett
Edition: Omnibus Press
Date of issue: November 1st 1995
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Reader ratings: 3.5
ISBN 13: 9780711930025
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 515 KB
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A commendable bio. Offers some different perspectives and approached to Reed's life than Bockris's Transformer. I like both biographies very much.
The title, Growing Up in Public, underscores the sympathetic generosity in Doggett's approach, which also doesn't eschew critical rigor. His assessment of Reed's life and career through the 1980s is particularly useful, putting the often lackluster albums and his sellout careerism into a context of rehabilitation from the chaotic 70s, where he tries to stabilize, mature, and also apologize for earlier misbehavior. Doggett's assessment makes charitable sense. But Reed's artistic stumbling also makes cultural, historical sense, as many of the 60s & 70s vets didn't manage the 80s too well.
Furthermore, it's nice to read a bio that doesn't ride the cliched train to thought that Reed was little more than a huge asshole moving from one sensational rock soap opera drama tale to another. Reed was absolutely an asshole. But that's but one part of the story, and unfortunately the long trend of rock histories relying on juicy drama tales helps us just swallow this narrow view without question. Doggett shows that there's more to it than that.
Certainly there's plenty of material fans might wish were in here, and other bios certainly are longer, offering some valuable details. I do, however, think this remains an important entry in writings on Reed. Doggett's perspective is a good one, and it would be a huge mistake to dismiss it as but an old, outdated take on a rock legend. To this day, portions of this bio still sound fresh, vibrant, and perceptive. I dig it.
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Read information about the authorPeter Doggett has been writing about popular music, the entertainment industry and social and cultural history since 1980. A regular contributor to Mojo, Q and GQ, his books include The Art and Music of John Lennon, a volume detailing the creation of the Beatles’ Let It Be and Abbey Road albums; the pioneering study of the collision between rock and country music, Are You Ready for the Country? and, most recently, There’s a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars and the Rise and Fall of 60s Counter-culture.
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