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Lou Reed: The Stories Behind the Songs (Softcover) Paperback – September 1, 2004
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Even the early albums get generic music writer reviews like "the guitars are too aggressive" rather than actual "Stories Behind the Songs." The book bascially follows the format "This album was good, Song 1 was really good, Song 2 was a little better...The next album sucked, the first song sucked a lot, the second song sucked more..."
As another reviewer said, there are some good shots(some lacking any caption or context) of Lou and his various acquaintances through the years. Aside from that, there's not much substance. It reads more like an anthology of Rolling Stone album reviews than a "Behind the Music" documentary.
I could only recommend it to someone particularly interested in Transformer, Coney Island Baby or Sally Can't Dance.
What appears to be going on is the author is still carrying the torch for the 'rock is only for the young/punk aesthete' and anything that he can't fit into that gets scant appreciation. Thus the early stuff is rated highly, and everything else treated as an embarrassment or examples of Lou's narcissism/aging. Which is probably true, but not necessarily a fault.
The giveaway is when the author admits that albums like 'Magic and Loss', 'Set the Twilight Reeling' and 'Ecstasy' have received glowing reviews from, well, almost everyone (except him). The author's response is to claim that all these appreciative reviews are from people over 40 - and apparently this is enough to dismiss them! This is the 'standard' view of rock (or 'ROCK') from my own punk youth - but doesn't stand up to analysis or reality - most rock fans ARE over 40! And creating albums that speaks to them is perfectly legitimate (certainly as legitimate as a 20 something writing for teenagers, and a lot more so than a 60 something pretending his interests are the same ones he had at 18)
So I enojyed reading this, but disagreed with almost all of it.
Except that Berlin's his best album (we agree on that). But then the author thinks the piece is callous, whereas I think its one of the most sentimental albums of all time....