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Lou Reed’s archives acquired by the New York Public Library (some on display now)

Today (March 2) would’ve been Lou Reed‘s 75th birthday, and it’s just been announced that Lou’s archives have been acquired by the New York Public Library. The announcement was made this morning at a press conference at NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, where Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed’s sister both spoke, and where they hope to eventually have a listening room. Some of the snippets of music and the artifacts they had at the press conference will stay on display through March 20 and for this first day they’ll play a different Lou Reed recording every hour that they’re open. There will also be more materials at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (aka the Library in mid-town with the lion) now through March 20.

Two public programs were also announced at the press conference: a performance of The Raven at The Library for the Performing Arts on March 13, and Drones at the Schwarzman Building on March 15. Stay tuned for more info on Lou Reed’s archives and check out more pics from the press conference in the gallery above.

If you’re looking for another way to celebrate Lou’s birthday, there’s a free tribute show tonight at Bowery Electric featuring Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Oliver Ackermann (A Place to Bury Strangers), Hamish KIlgour (The Clean), Joseph Arthur, Jesse Malin and more TBA. Flyer is below.

In other NYPL music related news, some of Arthur Russell’s archives are currently on display at BAM.

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