An American master and true rock & roller, Lou Reed transformed popular art, music and culture through a body of work that continues to affect the way fans hear and see the world. Reed, who cut his first single as a teenager in the late-50s, began his professional career working as a New York in-house assembly line songwriter in the early-60s while developing his pure artistic vision as frontman for the Velvet Underground and throughout his uncompromising solo career. 1978's Street Hassle has been referred to as the angrier, younger sibling to Reed's eloquent, mature New York, which was released over a decade later. Teeming with the lyrical hell of drug addicts and desperate misfits, it also possesses elements of Reed's signature pitch-black humor. A mix of New York studio recordings and fine live performances recorded in West Germany, Street Hassle is a curious and compelling coda to Reed's tumultuous and ever-changing '70s work.