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The Lou Reed archive at the New York Public Library has opened


Today sees the opening at the New York Public Library for Performing Arts of a huge Lou Reed archive which showcases the enigmatic talents incredible work. As well as issuing 6,000 limited edition cards.

New York Public Library acquired the Lou Reed archive in 2017 working alongside Reed’s widow and artist Laurie Anderson. The archive is the most detailed and comprehensive of its kind.

Including “approximately 300 linear feet of paper records, electronic records, and photographs, and approximately 3,600 audio and 1,300 video recordings,The archive spans Reed’s creative life—from his 1958 Freeport High School band, The Shades, his job as a staff songwriter for the budget music label, Pickwick Records, and his rise to prominence through The Velvet Underground and subsequent solo career, to his final performances in 2013,” the New York Public Library said.

“The collection comprises studio notes, galleys and proofs, master and unreleased recordings, business papers, personal correspondence, poster art, fan gifts, rare printed material and Reed’s substantial photography collection.”

Anderson, speaking to the New York Times, said “It’s very important to be able to present raw material and let people make up their own minds.”

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