Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics (Paperback)

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Lou Reed was more than an innovative rock-n-roll icon. He possessed a uniquely poetic voice that had as much in common with the literary underground of his beloved New York as with the popular culture of the late 20th century he helped forge. And his influence still resounds in both spheres. PASS THRU FIRE brings together all the lyrics of this modern genius--from the groundbreaking albums of The Velvet Underground through his chameleon-like solo career. A definitive collection and a must-own for any fan!

— Keaton


Containing a body of work that spans more than three decades, Pass Thru Fire is a stunning collection of the lyrics of an American original. Through his many incarnations-from proto punk to glam rocker to elder statesman of the avant garde-Lou Reed's work has maintained an undeniable vividness and raw beauty, fueled by precise character studies and rendered with an admirable shot of moral ambiguity. Beginning with his formative days in the Velvet Underground and continuing through his remarkable solo career-albums like Transformer, Berlin, New York, Magic and Loss, and Ecstasy-Pass Thru Fire is crucial to an appreciation of Lou Reed, not only as a consummate underground musician, but as one of the truly significant poets of our time.

About the Author

Lou Reed founded the legendary Velvet Underground in 1965 and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He lives in New York City.

Praise For…

New York Post
"This paperback collection of Reed ruminations is not only a lyrical walk on the wild side, it's a typographic wonder."

“John Shelton Ivany Top 21”
“A comprehensive collection…A must-have for any fan…Crucial to understanding and appreciating Lou Reed."

Gallery & Studio, 2/09
“The revelation of Pass Thru Fire: The Collected Lyrics is how well many of Lou's words hold up on the page.”
“I felt lucky when Pass Thru Fire arrived at my door. It made my day.”

Hartford Advocate, 3/7/09
“Perusing this 576-page volume should be a lesson in humility for any aspiring rock poet.”

Product Details
ISBN: 9780306816307
ISBN-10: 030681630X
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: December 9th, 2008
Pages: 608
Language: English