Transformer by Victor Bockris

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The story of an unconventional life looks at rock legend Lou Reed, a chamelion-like figure who suffered electroshock therapy to ""cure"" his homosexuality, toured with Andy Warhol, and led a revolution in rock music. 25,000 first printing.

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John Cale has led an extraordinary, often hilarious life at the cutting edge. A volatile personality, an innovative thinker and an expressive storyteller, he has wrestled with drugs, alcohol, and fame, yet is now at the peak of health and artistic achievement. He lives in New York City. Victor Bockris, a veteran chronicler of the Beats and the Factory, has worked closely with Cale to produce what will undoubtedly become one of the most vivid and revealing insights into the heart of the rock world.
Published August 1, 1995 by Simon & Schuster. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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A slovenly, vicious biography of singer/guitarist/songwriter Reed, whose brilliant '60s work with the Velvet Underground and solo career merit more sensitive scrutiny.

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Bockris, biographer of William S. Burroughs and Andy Warhol, presents a detailed portrait of former Velvet Underground frontman Reed. Born in 1942, the only son and eldest child of a Jewish middle-cla

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Though the author relies on too many cliched phrases, he provides insight into the private life that led Reed to create many of rock's memorable songs, including ``Heroin'' and ``Walk on the Wild Side.'' As a bonus, Bockris concludes with a 1979 episode in New York City when he introduced Reed to...

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It was the Velvet Underground that fully ushered a darker musical persona into '60s rock — a counterpoint to the saccharine of psychedelia.

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