LOU REED – Archive at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Posted: March 24, 2021 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Celebrating Lou Reed

Lou Reed Archive Now Available

The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that the Lou Reed Archive has been processed and is now available to users. The Lou Reed Archive documents the history of Reed’s life as a musician, composer, poet, writer, photographer, and tai-chi student through his own extensive papers, photographs, recordings and other materials. The archive spans Reed’s creative life—from his 1958 Freeport High School band, the Shades, to his final performances in 2013.

How to Use and Access the Lou Reed Archive

Materials from the Lou Reed Archive are available onsite at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, located in Lincoln Center.

  • Browse the Lou Reed finding aid.
  • Need help accessing materials remotely while we’re closed due to COVID-19? Request a virual consultation with Music & Recorded Sound Division staff here.

Listen Like Lou Playlist

As part of Lou Reed’s archives,  the Library for the Performing Arts also acquired his personal collection of LPs. His reflects the diversity of his interests, from the expected fellow punk-inspired artists like Elvis Costello and Iggy Pop, to opera, rap, and hip hop, to baroque instrumental suites and the Boston Pops orchestra. Because they are, by and large, commercial recordings, most can be found through your local branch or streaming service. We’ve compiled a Listen Like Lou playlist that reflects the LPs in his collection. Listen here

Lou Reed Reading List

The Library has created a book list dedicated to the great poet and musician in appreciation of his legacy. You can find the list here


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