Cover of Notes from the Velvet Underground, which has an image of Lou Reed in aviators smoking above the title of the book

Notes from the Velvet Underground: The Life of Lou Reed

by Howard Sounes

Notes from the Velvet Underground is a portrait of Lou Reed, a rock 'n' roll legend that wrote and sang about his life, known to many as the grumpy New Yorker who sang "Walk on the Wild Side." To his fans and the people in his life, however, he was a complicated and fascinating man. This book sheds new light on Reed's life, relationships, and his struggles with addiction and mental health, with insight from over 140 people in his life including people from the music industry, band members, celebrities, family members, former wives and lovers.