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Lou Reed’s substantial personal archives are finally being shared with the public

Lou Reed

On what would have been his 75th birthday, it has been announced that the substantial personal archives of the great Lou Reed will finally be shared with the public.

Lou Reed archives

Lou Reed’s substantial personal archives, including over 600 hours of music, manuscripts, poetry and lyrics, are finally being shared with the public.

Reed’s widow and avant-garde pioneer Laurie Anderson, in conjunction with the New York Public Library, has revealed that about 3,600 audio and 1,300 video recordings (clocking in at over 600 hours) will be released, as well as original manuscripts, lyrics, poetry, notes, photographs, fan mail, his personal collection of books and records.

The collection will span Reed’s entire career, from his high school band days right through his final performances in 2013.

The archive will be ready for public viewing next year. Check out previews from the archive below.

Time to start booking a trip to NYC friends.

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

lou reed archives

(All photos by Jonathan Blanc/The New York Public Library & Shana Novak/Rolling Stone).

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March 3, 2017