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Lou Reed Archives Coming to New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

By: Maura O'Malley

March 2, 2017

Laurie Anderson and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced today—what would have been Lou Reed’s 75th birthday—that Reed’s personal archives are coming to the NYPL.

The archive, which will be open to the public next year, includes more than 600 hours of audio and video recordings. That’s a lot of beautiful monotone crooning. Fans can also expect to see poems, lyrics, notes, photos, fan mail, and even Reed’s personal collection of books and records. I don’t know about you, but I get giddy at the thought of discovering what’s in my favorite musicians’ personal book and music collections.

Another cool feature of the career-spanning archive? Reed’s personal phone book, which lists not only his favorite on-the-road restaurants but also the info for Peter Gabriel, Allen Ginsberg, and Brian Eno, according to Rolling Stone. Needless to say, this archive is thorough—and certainly an incredible homage to the late, great Lou Reed.

To honor his life, today's announcement, and his birthday, catch “Candy Says,” his final public performance, below.