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Emperor has no clothes
am 24. April 2000
If you believe the flap-copy hyperbole of PASS THRU FIRE ('one of the great American masters' or some such rock journalism psycho-babble), then this is the book for you. The over-zealous interior design does a good job of covering up the lack of substance within, the same trick used in recent books by John Cale and Marilyn Manson. Somewhere along the line Lou Reed started to believe his own hype. I challenge anyone to find any song (or lyric) in Reed's post-VU career to rival the great VU songs such as 'Pale Blue Eyes,' 'Mirror,' 'Candy Says,' 'I Found a Reason,' 'Sunday Morning,' 'Femme Fatale,' 'New Age' (original version), etc... I mean, 'Possum Day?' Eliot was a great American master, Hart Crane, Kerouac, even Dylan (his new single 'Things Have Changed' easily buries any lyric found in 'Pass Thru Fire') ... not this over-rated, pretentious, cranky, litigious, self-involved blowhard.