Paperback. A biography of one of music's icons: Lou Reed, lead singer and songwriter for the Velvet Underground and renowned solo artist. Rolling Stone writer Anthony DeCurtis, who knew Reed and interviewed him extensively, tells the story of Reed's complex and varied life. With unparalleled access to dozens of Reed's friends, family, and collaborators, DeCurtis tracks Reed's five-decade career through the accounts of those who knew him as well as through his music. Takes readers through the Brooklyn of Reed's youth to the studio where the Velvet Underground recorded to Reed's relationships with other legends like Andy Warhol, David Bowie, and Laurie Anderson—to paint a picture of his world.