'Definitive' Lou Reed biography to be published

Will Hermes to write book looking back at late frontman's life and work

'Definitive' Lou Reed biography to be published

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A "definitive" biography of the late Lou Reed is in the works, it has been confirmed.


Titled Lou: A New York Life, the biography will be written by Rolling Stone writer Will Hermes, who has promised the book will tell the "full, definitive" story of the former Velvet Underground frontman's life. The book will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has no current release date.

Speaking to the New York Times, Hermes says his evaluation of Reed's life will focus on New York and how the city influenced him. "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."

Lou Reed died from liver failure in October 2013, following a transplant operation in May. His death leaves John Cale and drummer Moe Tucker as the only surviving members of The Velvet Underground.

In November 2013 it was revealed that Reed left his estate to his wife and sister. The singer left his Manhattan penthouse, his home in East Hampton, New York and the majority of his estate to his wife, musician Laurie Anderson. The couple married in 2008 and had no children. Anderson paid tribute to her husband, saying "he died while looking at the trees".

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