Lou Reed was a musician, writer and icon of underground culture. The frontman and principal songwriter of the foundationally transcendent rock and roll band the Velvet Underground and a hugely influential solo artist, Reed's career spanned five decades. He died in 2013, leaving behind an unfathomable legacy.
Not just for diehard devotees of Lou Reed. If you like those strange things called books, you'll probably find something interesting here from the man who was an inspiration to Bono and Bowie and The Sex Pistols and a million others -Independent As a poet, he must be counted as a solitary artist. And so, Lou, thank you for brutally and benevolently injecting your poetry into music. -The Guardian Leaping from the quotidian to the profound in the space of a line [Reed's poems often bury their wisdom in deadpan humour] - Dazed Digital The poems echo many of the qualities of Reed's songs that fans throughout the decades have loved: his sensitive portrayals of society's outsiders... unique approach to gender fluidity, deliciously vicious streak, and an arguably under-celebrated sense of humour- The Times UK