Lou Reed Archive Now Resides At NY Performing Arts Public Library

By: Renee Grant

Marking what would have been his 75th birthday on Tuesday, March 2nd, the late Lou Reed‘s widow Laurie Anderson made a special announcement about the iconic artist’s body of work. Reed loved New York, and the city he adored will remain home to his work archive.

Over 600 hours of original demos, studio recordings, live recordings and more will be housed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

“What better place to have this than in the heart of the city he loved the best?” Anderson said.

Reed’s two archivists, Jason Stern and Jim Cass, worked extensively with independent archivist Don Fleming to create the collection, most of which has remained in storage for decades.

Displays from the collection will remain on view at the library through March 20th.

Anderson will work with the library to develop future exhibits, programs, digital initiatives, and other projects derived from the collection of Reed’s archives.


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