(Book). First-ever look at the intertwining, outrageous lives of three rock legends. When Lou Reed and Iggy Pop first met David Bowie in the fall of 1971, Bowie was just another English musician passing through New York City. Lou was still recovering from the collapse of the Velvet Underground, and Iggy had already been branded a loser... Yet within two years they completely changed the face of popular music with a decadent glamour and street-level vibe. With Bowie producing, Reed's Transformer album was a worldwide hit, spinning off the sleazy street anthem "Walk on the Wild Side." Iggy's Raw Power , mixed by Bowie, provided the mean-spirited, high-octane blueprint for Punk. Bowie boosted elements from both Iggy and Reed to create his gender-bending rock idol Ziggy Stardust. Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell is the story of this friendship and the incredible productivity and debauchery that emerged from it. Presented here for the very first time are their stories interwoven in a triple helix of sexuality, glam rock, and drugs as seen through the eyes of the people who made it happen.
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As a fan of all three men, I found this book to be avery revealing and interesting look at their friendship and rise to success. I suggest it to any music lover!
One of the best rock biographies I've ever read. As much a view of the surroundings and times as an examination of glam rock. The Warhol Factory scene was particularly interesting and Nico's influence on all three of these stars was surprising. I always thought of Reed and Bowie as peers, but the book points out that in the early years, there was plenty of hero-worship from Bowie towards Reed. Iggy just did his thing and is portrayed as an intelligent and carefree guy. His portrayal is eye-opening and very favorable. You don't have to be a glam fan to enjoy this book.