Rock’s dark prince and his iron fist in a Velvet glove

Rock’s dark prince and his iron fist in a Velvet glove
Lou Reed on the cover of his album Street Hassle in 1978: ‘a pile of cocaine made flesh’

Biography; Notes From The Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed; By Howard Sounes; Doubleday, €19.95

Lou Reed’s death from liver disease, two years ago this month, shocked many but surprised few. Reed had burned the candle at both ends for so long that his middle-age transition into a yoga-loving health nut came too late to save him from a premature death.

Please Subscribe or Log in to continue reading

Subscribe Login

Independent journalism every day

With digital access you can read The Business Post whenever, wherever, and however you want.

  • Unlimited access to all sections of The Business Post on desktop, tablet and mobile.
  • Breaking news, comment and analysis from the best Business Post writers seven days a week.
  • Live blogs of major news events.
  • Videos and podcasts from some of the industry's most respected journalists such as Michael Brennan, Susan Mitchell and Ian Guider.
  • Access to The Business Post's extensive archive​.

Related Articles

More from The Business Post