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Lou Reed's Transformer


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Introduction Lou the Queer Lou the Failure Lou and Bowie Side One "Vicious" - Lou & Hate "Andy's Chest" - Lou & Warhol "Perfect Day" - Lou & Bettye "Hangin' Round" - Lou & Coolness "Walk on the Wild Side" - Lou & the Underworld Side Break: Lou in the Closet / Transformer in Code Side Two "Make Up" - Lou & Gender "Satellite of Love" - Lou & Pop "Wagon Wheel" - Lou & Laziness "New York Telephone Conversation" - Lou & New York "I'm So Free" - Lou & Freedom "Goodnight Ladies" - Lou & Lonliness Outro: The Man Himself Enormous Thanks

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Focuses on the album that initiated Lou Reed's commercial success and the ways that it demonstrates the artist's position as an ambiguous cultural icon during this period.

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Ezra Furman is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. He has released seven albums to critical acclaim. He lives in Berkeley, CA.


What Furman has written serves as more than a mere essay on Lou Reed; it's also a consideration of how the notion of queerness has evolved over time and what Reed meant both to queer culture and to Furman as a person. In its exploration of the nature of art and the artist in its portrayal of marginalized communities, Transformer is a welcome addition to the ever-growing 33 1/3 library. * Spectrum Culture *
Rarely does longform music criticism get this personal, but Furman's willingness to be vulnerable as he excavates Transformer makes his debut book an incisive and necessary read. * Pitchfork * intimate analysis... Arriving as it did, around the time of Grant Hart's death only serves to give the book deeper impact. * Palette *

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