Growing Up in Public (Lou Reed album)

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Growing Up in Public
Studio album by Lou Reed
Released April 1980
Recorded January 1980
Studio AIR Studios, Montserrat
Genre Rock
Length 36:39
Label Arista
Lou Reed chronology
The Bells
Growing Up in Public
Rock and Roll Diary: 1967–1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune3/4 stars[2]
Robert Christgau(B)[3]
Rolling Stone(positive)[4]

Growing Up in Public is the tenth solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in April 1980 by Arista Records. Michael Fonfara and Reed produced the album. It was written and recorded over a period of six weeks in sessions that took place at George Martin's AIR Studios in Montserrat.

Growing Up in Public peaked at No. 158 on the Billboard 200. One single was released from the album, "The Power of Positive Drinking", which failed to chart.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lou Reed and Michael Fonfara.

Side one
1."How Do You Speak to an Angel"4:08
2."My Old Man"3:15
3."Keep Away"3:31
4."Growing Up in Public"3:00
5."Standing on Ceremony"3:32
Side two
6."So Alone"4:05
7."Love Is Here to Stay"3:10
8."The Power of Positive Drinking"2:13
10."Think It Over"3:25
11."Teach the Gifted Children"3:20
Total length:36:39


Adapted from the Growing Up in Public liner notes.[5]


Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
US Billboard 200 158

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Growing Up in Public at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kot, Greg (January 12, 1992). "Lou Reed's Recordings: 25 Years Of Path-breaking Music". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (1980-07-10). "Lou Reed: Growing Up In Public : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2009-04-29. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  5. ^ Growing Up in Public (CD booklet). Lou Reed. Arista Records. 1980.

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