The 27-song playlist that Lou Reed made just before he died

The UK's Far Out Magazine has posted the playlists of 27 songs that Lou Reed was listening to when he died in 2013 of liver disease. Reed continually kept his finger on the pulse of contemporary and popular music. Taking a hands-on approach to the developing technology around him, Reed controlled his own Spotify account […]

JOHN WILCOCK: Andy Warhol's First Meeting with The Velvet Underground (and other events of 1965)

A book of John Wilcock comics is now available A variety of Warhol Moments of 1965, including the filming of Poor Little Rich Girl and Beauty #2 with Edie Sedgwick, Nam June Paik's video delay prank, and the first meeting of The Velvet Underground with Andy Warhol, which John witnessed in person, during the band's […]

Lou Reed's archives acquired by New York Public Library

On what would have been Lou Reed's 75th birthday today, his widow Laurie Anderson announced that the New York Public Library has acquired the musician's complete archives. To celebrate, the NYPL is hosting displays and events celebrating Reed's life and work. Details here. Meanwhile, the good people at indie record label and publisher Anthology tweeted […]

The FUGS First Rehearsal and Lou Reed's Earliest Known Recording of 'Heroin'

Lou Reed writes Heroin by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall
A cameo-filled page from John Wilcock, New York Years. With Ed Sanders' Arts Magazine, Edie Sedgwick arriving in NYC, and Nico fainting on stage.

Patti Smith, on the late Lou Reed

"As I mourned by the sea, two images came to mind, watermarking the paper- colored sky. The first was the face of his wife, Laurie. She was his mirror; in her eyes you can see his kindness, sincerity, and empathy. The second was the 'great big clipper ship' that he longed to board, from the […]

Laurie Anderson, on the death of her husband, Lou Reed

Artist and musician Laurie Anderson wrote a memorial for The East Hampton Star on Long Island. It's the local paper for the area where she and her late husband, Lou Reed, spent much happy time together. Here is her remembrance, in full:

Lou Reed tributes

David Bowie. John Cale. Salman Rushdie. Samuel L. Jackson. The BBC has more; here's Lou's final Facebook post.

Lou Reed, guitarist and rock music pioneer, has died

One of the greats is gone. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, poet, and artist Lou Reed has died. Reed underwent a liver transplant in May. He was 71. Update: He died of liver disease, report the New York Times and other sources. From Rolling Stone's obituary, the first report online: With the Velvet Underground in the late […]