The many sides of Lou Reed

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Anthony DeCurtis' biography of the rock hero goes beyond the myth. Lou Reed famously held journalists in low esteem. But the renowned singer/songwriter, founder of The Velvet Underground and godfather of glam and punk, liked Anthony DeCurtis, longtime contributing editor to Rolling Stone. The two had friendly interactions for decades. After Reed died in 2013, DeCurtis went to work on the biography that would become "Lou Reed: A Life" with the goal of writing a "three-dimensional" portrait of the self-mythologizing artist. The result is a sympathetic bio of a complicated man — a genius who wildly experimented with drugs and sex and had a history of domestic abuse; an outre song stylist who loved pop music and longed...

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The many sides of Lou Reed

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