Clement: Ezra Furman

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 7:00pm

This event will be held at our Clement street location. 

 

 

Please join Green Apple Books on Clement on Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. as we host Ezra Furma for a discussion of his newest book on Lou Reed's Transformer, part of Bloomsbury's 33 1/3 series. 

 

Transformer, Lou Reed's most enduringly popular album, is described with varying labels: it's often called a glam rock album, a proto-punk album, a commercial breakthrough for Lou Reed, and an album about being gay. And yet, it doesn't neatly fit into any of these descriptors. Buried underneath the radio-friendly exterior lie coded confessions of the subversive, wounded intelligence that gives this album its staying power as a work of art. Here Lou Reed managed to make a fun, accessible rock'n'roll record that is also a troubled meditation on the ambiguities-sexual, musical and otherwise-that defined his public persona and helped make him one of the most fascinating and influential figures in rock history. Through close listening and personal reflections, songwriter Ezra Furman explores Reed's and Transformer's unstable identities, and the secrets the songs challenge us to uncover.

 

Ezra Furman is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. He has released seven albums to critical acclaim and has sold over one hundred records. He lives in Berkeley, CA.

 

Lou Reed's Transformer (33 1/3 #131) Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781501323058
Availability: On Our Shelves Now. Call store for up-to-the-minute availability.
Published: Bloomsbury Academic - April 19th, 2018

Transformer, Lou Reed's most enduringly popular album, is described with varying labels: it's often called a glam rock album, a proto-punk album, a commercial breakthrough for Lou Reed, and an album about being gay. And yet, it doesn't neatly fit into any of these descriptors.


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