Genesis Publications Releases Commemorative Very Limited Edition TRANSFORMER By Lou Reed and Mick Rock



In 2013, Lou Reed, rock icon, artist and poet, collaborated with
legendary photographer Mick Rock in one of the most visually exciting
books Genesis ever produced. Now, with the cooperation of Mick Rock
and the Lou Reed Estate, this limited edition is available again.

Genesis is delighted to bring this book to readers once more. This new
re-launch of Transformer celebrates the 45th anniversary of the album,
and comes with a new booklet containing 50 unseen photos of Lou Reed,
as well as a loose leaf handwritten lyric sheet reproduced in

Forty-five years ago, Transformer launched Lou Reed from the
underground, way up to Mars, with a little help from Starman Bowie.
Mick Rock was there to capture Reed's flight on film, beginning with
the iconic album cover and continuing through the wild side of the

Mick Rock: 'I'm happy our relationship weathered the outrageous antics
of the past 40 years, enabling us to come together to produce such a
beautiful tome.'

Lou Reed: ‘When I saw the book, I was just overwhelmed by how
beautiful it is. It brought back all that energy and all that
virility, captured over that period of time. The book is like an
energy bomb. And it’s beautiful.’

Charting the transformations of Lou Reed from 1972 to 1980,
Transformerpresents never-before-seen imagery of Lou Reed by
photographer Mick Rock. This book captures Lou in the studio,
performing onstage, in his hotel room, and with friends including
David Bowie, Nico, Mick Jagger, Iggy Pop and Andy Warhol.

Lou and Mick discussed the photographs and their friendship in a
completely original, no-holds-barred dialogue. Lou Reed told the truth
behind the sartorial gestures, innovative stage set-ups, subversive
acts and legendary albums that made him one of the most intriguing
artists in modern music.

Their collaboration is showcased in a 11.5" x 15.5" large format
volume, traditionally craftsman-bound by hand. Lou and Mick's
Transformer image is recreated on the cover, with a variety of foil
detailing and gilt page edging. The book is presented in a slipcase
and will include an exclusive 7” picture disc of the Lou Reed
classics ‘Walk On The Wild Side’ and ‘Coney Island Baby’, as
well as a commemorative booklet, new for 2017, containing 50 more rare
photos, and a facsimile lyric sheet.

Lou’s originality and creativity has inspired one of the most iconic
volumes that Genesis has ever made. Each of the 2,000 numbered copies
in the limited edition has been signed by both Mick Rock and stamped
by the Lou Reed estate.

Available to order, priced £295, now via ( ). Ships autumn 2017

About Genesis Publications

Genesis Publications was founded in 1974 in Britain as an independent
publishing house true to the arts of printing and craftsmanship.
Today, Genesis creates some of the world’s most sought-after books
for readers in 90 countries, and in 2017 is celebrating its 100th
edition (see more at