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

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2009 - Music - 320 pages
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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 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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Back in 1971, no one knew how just much music history would change when the lives of three musicians intersected. Rock journalist Thompson (Never Fade Away) brings forth a brilliantly written book ... Read full review

Contents

PROLOGUE
1
A GHOST BLOODED COUNTRY ALL COVERED WITH SLEEP
11
THEY WORE THE CLOTHES THEY SAID THE THINGS
19
SOUL RADIATION IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT
35
A DENTURED OCELOT ON A LEASH
49
I LOVE YOU IN YOUR FUCKME PUMPS
61
SMOKESTACKS BELCHING BREASTS TURN BROWN
73
BEAT NARROW HEART THE SONG LOTS OF PEOPLE KNOW
87
THINGS SEEM GOOD SOMEONE CARES ABOUT YOU
145
MY VOODOO MASTER MY MACHINE
163
FOR SCREECHING AND YELLING AND VARIOUS OFFENSES
175
A NATION HIDES ITS ORGANIC MINDS IN THE CELLAR
193
CAGED LIKE A WILD RAT BY FOOLS
207
YOU CAN HIT ME ALL YOU WANT TO
219
DOWN BELOW WITH THE REST OF HER TOYS
239
A DIRTY SKY FULL OF YOUTHS AND LIQUORS
255

STRANGERS WERE ALL THAT WERE LEFT ALIVE
103
IF I HAVE TO DIE HERE FIRST IM GONNA MAKE SOME NOISE
121
YOURE STILL DOING THINGS I GAVE UP YEARS AGO
131
THE PLAYS HAVE GONE DOWN AND THE CROWDS HAVE SCATTERED
271
EPILOGUE
291
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British expat writer Dave Thompsom has penned over one hundred books. Seriously. He is the author of the highly acclaimed Kurt Cobain bio Never Fads Away as well as books on Sparks, Jeff Beck, Phil Spector, Genesis, Cream, Deep Purple, the Red Hot Chill Peppers, and glam rock (the list goes on) and has been a contributor to Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, MOJO, All Music Guide, and Melody Maker. Thompson resides in the little-known rock capital of Newark, Delaware.

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