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Lou Reed

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...Lou Reed was a rock singer, musician, and poet. Before going solo, Reed also led the underground rock band The Velvet Underground as guitarist, singer, and main songwriter. Being a primary influence in the alternative rock scene, Reed...

Lou Reed's Transformer

Ezra Furman

Ezra Furman is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. He has released seven albums to critical acclaim and has sold over one hundred records. He lives in Berkeley, CA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

33 1/3 Books

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...Transformer, Lou Reed’s most enduringly popular album, is described with varying labels: it’s often called a glam rock album, a proto-punk album, a commercial breakthrough for Lou Reed, and an album about being gay. And yet, it doesn’t...

Noise and the City: Writing and Punk Performance, 1965–80

John Melillo

John Melillo is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona, USA. He researches and teaches modern and contemporary literature, poetry, and sound studies. Melillo also makes noise/music under the name Algae & Tentacles. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Poetics of Noise from Dada to Punk

Bloomsbury Academic, 2020

Scholarly Books

...Lou Reed’s infamous 1975 album Metal Machine Music is where I begin. At once legendarily “unlistenable” and a forerunner of the genre of “noise music,” this album comprises more than an hour of guitar feedback that Reed, in the liner notes,...