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Waiting for the Man: The Life and Career of Lou Reed

By Jeremy Reed

Waiting for the Man: The Life and Career of Lou Reed

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Started reading:
2 May 2015
Finished reading:
8 May 2015

Review

Lou Reed himself is quoted on the jacket: “All the books about me are bullshit except Jeremy’s.” I don’t know about that, not having read the rest of them, but Jeremy Reed, no relation, manages a very high signal-to-noise ratio in Waiting For The Man; part biography, part critical assessment, it pulls off the difficult assignment of explaining how a hard-core countercultural icon becomes calm, cool and collected in his later days while eschewing both the facile and the fatuous. What’s more, it contains perhaps the most rational commentary on Metal Machine Music ever, the flip side of the late Lester Bangs. Jeremy Reed concedes that maybe nobody ever really got into Lou Reed’s head; but this may be as close as anyone ever gets.