Lou Reed Archive Opens At The New York Public Library
Lou Reed. Arista Records/Photo by Mick Rock. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Lou Reed Archive Opens At The New York Public Library

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NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) – The New York Public Library has opened an archive dedicated to alt-rock icon Lou Reed.

According to the New York Times, the library acquired the archive – including a large collection of personal notes, photographs and more than 600 hours of recordings – from performance artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who was married to Reed.

Anderson recently told the publication that while Reed never discussed what to do with his belongings before his death in 2013, she felt the archive should be accessible to young musicians and anyone interested in his life.

Reed was the lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for The Velvet Underground. He also had a successful solo career that spanned some 40 plus years.

In celebration of the archive, The New York Public Library has issued 6,000 limited-edition library cards featuring an image of Reed taken by Mick Rock in 1972.