This event is co-sponsored by the UI School of Music, UI Honors Program, and the Alpha of Iowa Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
Rolling Stone writer Anthony Decurtis will read from his biography Lou Reed: A Life, about the legendary Velvet Underground frontman and solo musician who inspired generations of musicians as the inventor of alternative rock. DeCurtis, who knew Reed and interviewed him extensively, tells the provocative story of his complex life with unparalleled access to dozens of Reed's friends, family, and collaborators. “DeCurtis was one of the few music critics Lou Reed read and whose company he enjoyed . . . Anthony is a great story teller, a writer's writer, turning pain into beauty the way Lou did in his songs."― Bono
Anthony DeCurtis is a contributing editor for Rolling Stone, where his work has appeared for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of In Other Words and Rocking My Life Away and the cowriter of Clive Davis's autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life, a New York Times bestseller. DeCurtis is a Grammy Award winner and has served as a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee for twenty-five years. He is a distinguished lecturer in the creative writing program at the University of Pennsylvania.