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Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics Paperback – December 9, 2008
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"This paperback collection of Reed ruminations is not only a lyrical walk on the wild side, it's a typographic wonder."
John Shelton Ivany Top 21”
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."
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This book contains virtually all of Reed's long and impressive catalogue. In pure realism we take a walk on the wild side with New York City's addicts, whores, scam-artists, thieves, beggers and every other form of gutter life.
A broad perspective such as this -- in the hands of lesser poets -- would seem a tragic commentary, but Reed manages to infuse just enough human spirit and optimism to keep his scenes above total chaos.
The losers greatly outnumber the winners in Reed's world, if you keep score. But most of Reed's characters suffer life's misfortunes from imposed, not self-inflicted, situations. The noble "Pass Through Fire," even in the face of certain disaster.
Lou Reed's book of lyrics is indispensible. I call it equipment for living.
Get a copy today!
I am not a huge Lou Reed fan or anything but everyone should look inside this book simply for the sake of experiencing how extraordinarily it was designed and strung together. The poetry moves, it is evident and incredibly intense.
Please issue a return label and package to return this.
***December 3, 2015 - still no response on this issue.
Lou Reed has recorded almost 30 albums since the mid-60s. Albums and songs that have changed lives and the course of both rock and roll. Delmore Schwartz and Andy Warhol might have changed Lou's life, but he has had an impact on countless numbers of songwriters and bands and ordinary everyday people, who lead the kinds of lives that he has at times railed against and rejected (and then written about). Much has been written about Lou's frostiness. It is very difficult not knowing the context to be able to comment, but it is not necessary to like him as a person to like his music or appreciate his writing.
It was joy (this made be a strange term to use considering the sometimes chilling content of the lyrics) to be able to thumb through and locate a particular song lyric. Reading the lyrics I felt the rhythm of the words and heard the music in m head. I was particularly pleased that his early work with Velvet Underground was included. These "short stories" still resonate today 30 odd years on.
The only bone I have to pick is the formatting/layout, which in places I initially thought was as a result of poor printing. Lets just say someone must have received an early Christmas present and taken psychedelic liberties with the printed word by means including stretching and bubbling etc. But this is really a small price to pay to have this work collected in one portable volume (anyone who doesn't want their copy let me know especially if it's a first edition hard-cover).
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I thought I had all there was to receive from Mr. reed's song, but reading the lyrics as poetry puts him in a class with Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.Published 14 months ago by Richard C. Katz
It was given as a Christmas gift and my son thought it was great.Published 18 months ago by sirrobert
All of Lou's lyrics - amazing poetry - in one place. The ultimate Velvets/Lou lyric reference. Fantastic. Rest In Peace, Mr. Reed.Published on November 28, 2013 by Neil Hubbard
I expected a glorious book full of quality and class but instead it's cheaply made and hard to read. When you open the book the pages literally fall out and paper quality is low. Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by Storm Lee Gardner
Nice book! Much larger than I anticipated! Very thorough.... Much more material than I ever dreamed of.... Lou's been a busy writer, I guess....Published on November 15, 2011 by China
This book is the coolest thing ever. I'm a huge Lou Reed fan, so buying this book was a must. What I expected was just a regular book full of lyrics. This is so much more! Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Alisa
From the horse mouth. After all these years, at last, we are finally able to read Lou Reed's lyrics as they were written. Read morePublished on December 20, 2008 by Moitrot Laurent