Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009
Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell: The Dangerous Glitter of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Lou Reed (Backbeat), by Dave Thompson
Much has been written on David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed, obscure and even outcast performers when they began in the ‘60s who became defining figures in ‘70s rock. Their influence continues to be felt in the ‘00s. In Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, prolific rock chronicler Dave Thompson shows the links between them, which initially came down to Pop coming to a party for the Velvet Underground’s Ann Arbor performance and a manager handing Bowie a test pressing of the VU’s debut album. Thompson relies on interviews with the gossipy, bitchy denizens of the subcultures the trio emerged from. Whether or not his sources are always reliable narrators, Thompson provides critical insights into the trio’s music and the society that rejected and embraced them.