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Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 - October 27, 2013) was an American rock artist originally from Brooklyn, New York, USA. Especially while a member of the The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, Reed broke new ground for the rock genre in several important dimensions, introducing more mature and intellectual themes to what was then considered a largely simplistic genre of music.
In 1964 Reed moved to New York City and began working as an in-house songwriter for Pickwick Records. Read more on Last.fm
Tomorrow, for one day, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts will transform its Vincent Astor Gallery into a listening room where visitors can hear, and see, treasures from the newly opened Lou Reed Archive.
A special library card sign-up station will be available for visitors interested in getting a limited-edition Lou Reed New York Public Library card, with Mick Rock's iconic image of Lou. (while supplies last).
The Lou Reed Archive documents the span of Reed's creative life through his own extensive papers, photographs, recordings, videos and other materials.
Mar 02, 2019
77 years ago, Lou arrived on this planet. We're marking the occasion by sharing a previously unheard demo of Endless Cycle from the New York album which is currently enjoying its 30th anniversary.
Happy Birthday Lou!
Jan 10, 2019
30 years ago today, Lou released New York. Here's a pretty in-depth interview from March '89 recorded just after the tour had kicked off.
"Things that happen in the city, those things happen every week. It almost doesn't matter what names they had, it's just the same old thing happens every week. It doesn't matter which cop was shot or who did this or who did that. It's every week and in every city, you just change the name and it's the same story. So it didn't seem to me that it was relying on topicality for its strength."
Oct 29, 2018
In January 1979, Lou Reed and John Cale dropped by WPIX to chat and share some tunes. This is one of the most entertaining radio programs I've ever heard, with Lou's wit on full display alongside his excellent playlist. Absolutely give this a listen if you've never heard it before.
Oct 28, 2018
Lee Ranaldo & The Dust (with Thurson Moore) covered Rock 'n' Roll a few weeks after Lou's passing. Here's a recording from that show in London on November 21, 2013
Oct 27, 2018
There's a bit of magic in everything
And then some loss to even things out
Please share your memories of Lou in the comments
Oct 22, 2018
Don Fleming recently gave an interview about the Lou Reed Archive Collection at NYPL The New York Public Library including what sort of material people will be able to access once it's made available to the public.
Aug 06, 2018
I happen to love Andy Warhol, period, and I just think he's fantastic.
Andy Warhol was born 90 years ago today. With Lou in 1976, photo by Mick Rock.
Jul 30, 2018
Producer Sean Slade describes a smokin' recording session with Lou Reed.
Jul 24, 2018
45 years ago July 1973 RCA Records released Lou's third solo album 'Berlin'.
After panning the album on it's release Rolling Stone magazine later included it in their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. When asked if he felt vindicated, Lou said, "For what? I always liked Berlin."
Listen @YouTube: https://buff.ly/2LKNFwc
Listen @Spotify: https://buff.ly/2OfIPJ5
Jul 09, 2018
#OTD 9JUL2002 'Legendary Lou Reed' is released by BMG International - a compilation of Lou's work from his eponymous debut in 1972 to his fourteenth studio album Mistrial in 1986. The compilation featured fifty songs.
What Lou Reed solo songs would be on your 'Best of' Lou Reed album?
May 22, 2018
Tomorrow: Anne Waldman and Laurie Anderson read from Do Angels Need Haircuts?, along with Don Fleming, Merrill Reed Weiner (the rocker’s sister), and Hal Willner.
Pick at The New Yorker: http://bit.ly/2IzN0Ai
Free to the public: http://bit.ly/2ID6boG
May 17, 2018
Laurie Anderson spoke with The Times and The Sunday Times about Lou's rare early poetry, and the new book, Do Angels Need Haircuts?, that the Lou Reed Archive just published with Anthology.
May 11, 2018
A pencil portrait by Paola Lomuscio.
May 08, 2018
"He has a melodic sense that's just well above anyone else in rock & roll. Most people could not sing some of his melodies. He can really go for a high note. Take 'Satellite of Love,' on my Transformer album. There's a part at the very end where his voice goes all the way up. It's fabulous.”
-Lou quote on David Bowie's backing vocal.
In 1973 Lou released his single of "Satellite of Love” on RCA Records. Produced by David Bowie and Mick Ronson.
Here’s the picture sleeve from the Netherlands.
May 02, 2018
May 01, 2018
Do Angels Need Haircuts?: Early Poems by Lou Reed, with Laurie Anderson, Anne Waldman and Friends
Please join us on May 22nd for this free event at NYPL The New York Public Library to celebrate the release of the Anthology Editions/Lou Reed Archive publication of 'Do Angels Need Haircuts?.'
Ticket Reservations: https://www.showclix.com/event/loureedpoems/pre-sale
May 01, 2018
In August of 1970, 28-year-old Lou Reed quit the Velvet Underground, moved home to Long Island, and began writing poetry. In relative isolation, Lou wrote poems and “very short stories,” contributing his work to journals and small press publications. “I’m a poet,” he proclaimed from the stage of St. Mark’s Church in March 1971. Though his retirement from music wouldn’t last—only six months later he began recording his debut solo album—Lou’s passionate identification with the written word was solidified, and would last the rest of his life.
Do Angels Need Haircuts? is a snapshot of this lesser-known parallel path in Lou’s creative output as a writer. This book, the first to be produced by the Lou Reed Archive, gathers Lou's poems and stories from the March 1971 reading, photographs from the era—by Mick Rock, Moe Tucker, and others—images from rare poetry zines, and a 7” record of previously unreleased audio of the 1971 St. Mark’s Church reading. Featuring a foreword by Anne Waldman archival notes by Don Fleming and an afterword by Laurie Anderson.
Out May 1st.
Published by: http://anthology.net/books/
Mar 02, 2018
Happy Birthday Lou!
There are some exciting projects in the works beginning with the release of Do Angels Need Haircuts?, a book of Lou's unpublished poetry coming in April 2018 by Anthology Editions.
-the Lou Reed Archive team
Jan 31, 2018
White Light/White Heat
50 years ago today.
Dec 25, 2017
Lou Reed and John Cale. Christmas Day 1977 at Lou's apartment.
Photo: Kate Simon
Dec 14, 2017
Nat Finkelstein’s Velvet Underground photos at the Irma Freeman Center.
"likely no one captured more early Velvets images than Nat Finkelstein, who (among his many distinctions) was house photographer for Velvets patron Andy Warhol’s Factory"
Metal Machine Music
'Lou Reed’s 1975 album has been called one of the worst albums ever made. The truth is it is the product of genuine love and passion, still exhilarating and bursting with possibility four decades on.' Mark Richardson Pitchfork