You should have seen him go go go

It’s been more than five years since Lou Reed’s death, but the seminal 60s rock icon has not been forgotten in New York City. To celebrate what would have been his 77th birthday, the New York Public Library has opened its “Lou Reed Archives” to the general public and has issued a limited edition Lou Reed NYPL card. The archive, which was donated by Reed’s wife Lauri Anderson, consists of thousands of audio and video recordings, photos, tour memorabilia, writings, art work, and much more.

The personal artifacts cover Reed’s life from his high school band in the late 50s through his rise to rock stardom with the iconic Velvet Underground, his long solo career, and his final public performance in 2013. Here’s a list of  some of watch you’ll find at the Lou Reed Archive :

  • Original manuscript, lyrics, poetry and handwritten tai-chi notes
  • Photographs of Reed, including artist prints and inscriptions by the photographers
  • Tour itineraries, agreements, road manager notes and paperwork
  • 600+ hours of live recordings, demos, studio recordings and interviews
  • Reed’s own extensive photography work
  • Album, book, and tour artwork; mock-ups, proofs and match-prints
  • Lou Reed album and concert posters, handbills, programs, and promotional items
  • Lou Reed press for albums, tours, performances, books, and photography exhibits
  • Fan mail
  • Personal collections of books, LPs and 45s


You can find the archive at the library branch at Lincoln Center.

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5 Responses to You should have seen him go go go

  1. Sherry Felix says:

    I also like his wife, Laurie Anderson, who met Lou Reed in 1992, and was married to him from 2008 until his death in 2013.

  2. triveni93 says:

    Reblogged this on Three Rivers.

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