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I'll Be Your Mirror by Lou Reed

I'll Be Your Mirror: The Collected Lyrics

Lou Reed

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Category: Music, Non-fiction
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 7 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780571345991

Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo albums like Transformer, Berlin, and New York, Doin' The Things We Want To is crucial to an appreciation of Lou Reed, not only as a consummate underground musician, but as one of the truly significant visionary lyricists of the rock n' roll era. Containing a body of work that spans more than six decades, this is a monument to the literary qualities of an American original.

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4 stars out of 5
Will Hodgkinson
22 Nov 2019

"Martin Scorsese’s intro praises Reed as someone who spoke for “the lowest of the low”, but it is the tender beauty that sticks"

Collected books of lyrics are for the most part boring. What is the point of separating words from the music that carries them? When you have a lyricist of Lou Reed’s calibre, however, it is a different matter. Martin Scorsese’s intro praises Reed as someone who spoke for “the lowest of the low”, but it is the tender beauty that sticks, as on the Velvet Underground’s Pale Blue Eyes: “It was good what we did yesterday, and I’d do it once again. The fact that you are married only proves you’re my best friend.” You don’t get that from Ed Sheeran.

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