Ladies and germs! May we present Ezra Furman who will pen the 33 1/3 on Lou Reed’s 1972 album Transformer. This book is one of 16 new titles in the 33 1/3 series.
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33 1/3: What was your favorite book or record store growing up?
EF: I won’t even try to front, it was the big ol’ corporate Borders bookstore on Sherman Avenue in Evanston, IL.
33 1/3: What is your favorite book or record store in the world?
EF: Green Apple Books & Music in San Francisco.
33 1/3: What are you listening to right…NOW:
EF :Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Needed Time.”
33 1/3: What are you reading right….NOW:
EF: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust. Hoping it doesn’t turn me into an insufferable Proust evangelist.
33 1/3: 33 1/3: Where do you live?
EF: Oakland, CA
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What to expect from Ezra’s 33 1/3:
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 canny commercial breakthrough for Lou Reed, and an album about being gay. And yet, it doesn’t neatly fit under any of these descriptors. Buried underneath its 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 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 memoir, songwriter Ezra Furman explores the beguiling question of how Transformer pulls off this brilliant sleight of hand, and the secrets it challenges us to uncover.
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