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BERLIN: A PERFORMANCE BY LOU REED DIRECTED BY JULIAN SCHNABEL
Lou Reed and Julian Schnabel

Rizzoli, 2009
Hardcover
176 pages
Fully illustrated, colour & b+w.
ISBN: 9780847832125

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Berlin represented a departure from the familiar sounds and themes of Lou Reed's earlier solo work. It's a tragic tale of heartbreak and addiction meant to be played live as a rock opera. But its poor reception meant that plans for a live performance were put on hold until 2007, when, with renewed confidence, Reed toured with a full orchestra and choir. Giving some of the most personal and powerful performances of his career, the tour was filmed by legendary artist Julian Schnabel, a longtime friend of Reed's who also designed the spare and beautiful set.

This book draws on stills from Schnabel's film, photographs of the set design, printed lyrics of Reed's original verse, and images from Schnabel's projections.

 

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