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

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

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.

The demise of Reed was just one more chapter in the long, slow death of the Sixties. The music he made with the Velvet Underground in the latter...

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