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Lou Reed’s NYPL music archive showcases Freeport roots

Items belonging to the late Lou Reed, pictured,

Items belonging to the late Lou Reed, pictured, will be on display at the New York Public Library through March 20. Credit: Getty Images / Peter Kramer

Music from Lou Reed’s band The Shades, formed when he was at Freeport High School in 1958, will be part of an archive of his work housed at the New York Public Library.

“The archive is a panoramic picture of Lou’s music, pictures, friendships, writing, tai chi and performances as well as a recreation of the scenes and cities he worked in and loved,” Reed’s widow, Laurie Anderson, said in a statement. “What better place to have this than in the heart of the city he loved the best?”

To celebrate the acquisition, the NYPL will put some items on display through March 20 and host special events honoring the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. About 300 linear feet of papers, 3,600 audio recordings and 1,300 video recordings will be processed this year and then made available for research at the Library for the Performing Arts’ Music Division and Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.

“The Raven & The Poetry of Lou Reed” will be held at the New York Public Library at 7 p.m. March 13. His “Drones” installation will be on display from 6 to 10 p.m. March 15. Admission is free, but registration is required at

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