Lou Reed Transformer Song-Book. Lou Reed.
Lou Reed Transformer Song-Book
Lou Reed Transformer Song-Book

Lou Reed Transformer Song-Book. French/English

[N.p. n.p., c.1974]. Octavo, publisher's stapled illustrated wraps, thirty numbered pages.

"Glam rock. Androgyny. Polymorphic sex. I was right in the middle of it. Some say I could have been at the head of the class" (Reed, quoted from Rock and Roll Heart: Lou Reed, PBS American Masters series). Mimeograph bilingual English-French lyric book for Lou Reed's second solo studio album Transformer (1972). Presumably made by a French fan for limited circulation, the songbook contains a contents page listing the song titles, several black-and-white photo reproductions of Reed and associates from the Factory days (Warhol, Joe Dallesandro, Jane Forth, Candy Darling), and typed lyrics in English and French on opposing pages to all the album's tracks, including "Vicious," "Perfect Day," "Satellite of Love," and "Walk On the Wild Side" ("Ballade dans un Coin Malsain"). Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson, Transformer was a breakout album for Reed, after the commercial and critical failure of his self-titled post-Velvets debut solo album. The songbook's cover reproduces in close-up the legendary photo – "an effeminate Frankenstein monster in whiteface with baleful blackened eyes" (Rolling Stone) – from the album cover by glam rock photographer Mick Rock. An advertisement for a January 27, 1973 concert by Reed at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall on pg. 28, and a photo to pg. 11 captioned "A Tribute to Candy Darling," who died in 1974, suggest a publication date of 1974 at the earliest (but likely not much later, given the low production values and absence of any later indicators). Some soiling to rear wrap and rusting to staples. Near fine. The only copy we have seen, with none listed in WorldCat. Rare. Item #2264


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