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Bettye Kronstad - Perfect Day: Life With Lou Reed book review

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Ex-wife spills the beans

In 1968, when Bettye Kronstad was 19 years old, she met and was tenaciously pursued by Lou Reed. She witnessed the demise of the Velvet Underground and the couple moved into Reed’s parents’ house as he considered whether to pursue music or poetry while working for his father as a typist. Bettye was there when Lou was courted by Bowie, she shared a perfect day of pre-zoo sangria in Central Park and was lighting director on the Transformer tour. Idyllic? Not exactly.


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