Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed

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(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
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Overview

(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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879309855
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2009
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 941,690
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I Performance

1 A Ghost Blooded Country All Covered with Sleep 11

2 They Wore the Clothes, They Said the Things 19

3 Soul Radiation in the Dead of Night 35

4 A Dentured Ocelot on a Leash 49

5 I Love You in Your Fuck-Me Pumps 61

6 Smokestacks Belching, Breasts Turn Brown 73

7 Beat Narrow Heart, the Song Lots of People Know 87

8 Strangers Were All That Were Left Alive 103

Part II Inserts

9 If I Have to Die Here, First I'm Gonna Make Some Noise 121

10 You're Still Doing Things I Gave Up Years Ago 131

11 Things Seem Good, Someone Cares About You 145

12 My Voodoo Master, My Machine 163

13 For Screeching and Yelling and Various Offenses 175

14 A Nation Hides Its Organic Minds in the Cellar 193

15 Caged Like a Wild Rat by Fools 207

16 You Can Hit Me All You Want To 219

Part III Cabaret

17 Down Below with the Rest of Her Toys 239

18 A Dirty Sky Full of Youths and Liquors 255

19 The Plays Have Gone Down and the Crowds Have Scattered 271

Epilogue 291

Acknowledgments 295

Selected Discograpny 297

Bibliography 305

Index 309

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Intruiging!

    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!

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great Book

    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.

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