Howard Sounes is to write a major new biography of Lou Reed, it has been announced.
World rights (excluding Canada) to Lou Reed: Notes from the Velvet Underground have been acquired by the Transworld group for publication by Doubleday.
'Lou Reed shattered the conventions of popular music in the 1960s, as a member of the Velvet Underground, and he remained a powerful and literate voice in song for six decades,' Sounes commented.
'Despite his importance, there has not been a first class book about his life and work. I hope to give people who have followed Lou Reed's career, and know him to be much more than the man who recorded "Walk on the Wild Side", the book they have long wanted.
'It is a pleasure to be working with Transworld again, who published my Bob Dylan biography, Down the Highway: the Life of Bob Dylan, so successfully.'
The Bookseller, 24 January, 2014
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