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Will Hermes to Write Lou Reed Biography

February 7, 2014

This is “What’s Making Me Happy This Week,” a weekly feature inspired by the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. It’s pretty self-explanatory.

What’s Making Me Happy This Week is something that I’m a little late on (it was announced in early January) but not too late, seeing as the book doesn’t have a definitive title. Will Hermes, author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever, is an excellent choice to write this book. Hermes will bring a fresh perspective to Reed’s greatness; he is a native New Yorker, a serious student of the New York City music scene, and young enough to not rehash all of the Velvet Underground era Lou Reed stories that have been told before. As you can tell from the tentative title of the book and this quote from Hermes, the book will have a heavy New York-centric focus (from the New York Times):

[H]ow could it not? Reed loved the city deeply, based his adult life here, rooted much of his work here and was a huge figure in our cultural life. I think we have yet to fully measure the loss. He was one of the greatest artists of our generation.

That attitude and a smart writer should make for a great biography of the late Advanced Genius.

And That’s What’s Making Me Happy This Week.

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