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A comprehensive collection A must-have for any fan Crucial to understanding and appreciating Lou Reed."
Gallery & Studio, 2/09
The revelation of Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics is how well many of Lou’s words hold up on the page.”
I felt lucky when Pass Thru Fire arrived at my door. It made my day.”
Hartford Advocate, 3/7/09
Perusing this 576-page volume should be a lesson in humility for any aspiring rock poet.”
New York Times, 11/13/13
In a 1987 interview, Mr. Reed talked about seeing his record albums as chapters in one huge, long novel: They’re all in chronological order,’ he said. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.’ Pass Thru Fire, the recent volume of Reed’s collected lyricsdedicated to L.A.,’ Laurie Andersonprovides another version of that novel, and even without the essential soundtrack, the lyrics possess a remarkable organic coherence, charting a harrowing journey through the bohemian underworlds of New York City, through the ravages of heroin and speed, and emotional terror, fury and alonenessand toward something like grace."