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LOU REED's "Archives" Find A Home At The N.Y. Public Library

The artist's accumulated works span his entire career...

March 2, 2017

It was recently announced that the preservation of LOU REED's legacy will be entrusted to the New York Public Library. The announcement came on what would have been the musician's 75th birthday (March 2). Reed, who died in 2013, had not specified exactly what to do with all of his accumulated works, and his wife, the avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director, LAURIE ANDERSON, decided that it would be best to donate her late husband's works so that all could have access to it. It is not uncommon for the works of bands/artists/performers to be donated to universities and other cultural entities--in recent years, The GRATEFUL DEAD's archives went to the University of California @Santa Barbara, BOB DYLAN's papers now reside in Oklahoma, and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's collected works were donated to New Jersey's Monmouth College. In donating her husband's career-spanning collection of photos, writings, music, and hundreds of hours of unreleased demos, LAURIE ANDERSON said,  "I really didn’t want this to disappear into an archive for only people who have white gloves,  I wanted people to see the whole picture.”  The Lou Reed Archive was acquired for the New York Public Library's performing arts branch. The contents will be made available to all visitors to the Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center, as soon as it is fully cataloged and prepared, which will take at least a year.

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