The brand new exhibition “Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars” opens at Lincoln Heart’s Library for Performing Arts on Thursday, however it almost ended up in Texas. As Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson defined in dialog with The New York Occasions, she minimize off conversations with UT Austin after Texas legislators handed a regulation permitting handguns to be carried on faculty campuses.
Reed died in 2013, and Anderson had initially needed his archive to be housed on the Harry Ransom Heart in Austin, which already boasted papers from James Joyce, Norman Mailer, and Don DeLillo. However after Governor Abbott signed the campus-carry invoice in 2015, “I known as them up,” she stated. “‘This factor we’ve been speaking about for a pair years? It’s off. Due to weapons.’”
A number of months later, she examine a program on the New York Public Library to digitize archives, and noticed how Reed’s previous may match into the library’s future. In 2017, the NYPL acquired the archive.
“Caught Between the Twisted Stars” runs from June ninth, 2022 via March 4th, 2023. It’s stocked with 2.5 terabytes of digital information, and boasts some never-before-heard demos of early Velvet Underground songs, that are described as “stripped-down, nearly folky acoustic variations.”
“This assortment is to encourage folks,” Anderson defined. “It’s not essentially to say, ‘Right here’s the true Lou Reed.’ That’s by no means what it was meant to be. Right here’s a number of his music and the way he did it. Be impressed by it. Nevertheless it’s not and may’t be an actual image of the person.”
Even when you can’t make it to New York, you gained’t have to attend lengthy to listen to extra from the archive. Anderson has partnered with Gentle within the Attic Information for a brand new archival collection and the primary version, Phrases & Music, Could 1965, arrives August twenty sixth.