Lou Reed fans only have to wait another month for the release of “My Week Beats Your Year: Encounters With Lou Reed”. It compiles 30 fiery interviews and conversations the late icon was famous for across his post-Velvet Underground solo career. The book was edited and compiled by Pat Thomas and Michael Heath and will be published and released via Hat & Beard Press.
The collection has been described as: “one fan’s humble attempt to move beyond the [Lester] Bangs canon, and delve deeper into the distance and intimacy, cactus and mercury that constituted Lou’s post-Velvet Underground public media image”. The publishing announcement followed after the recent appearance of Reed’s unpublished poetry, ‘Do Angels Need Haircuts?’ published in April earlier this year. Reed wrote these poems during a six-month period in 1970 when he left Velvet Underground to go work for his father’s accountancy firm in Long Island. The collection includes an afterword from Reed’s widow, Laurie Anderson and introductions from the artist himself. He passed away in October 2013 at the age of 71 of an ailment that stemmed from his recent liver transplant.