Lou Reed

Since Lou Reed’s passing on Sunday, the outpouring of love and remembrance for the rock ’n roll legend has been legion. But today, his wife Laurie Anderson, an icon in her own right, has published her own. Her message of love for her husband appears in The East Hampton Star, the Long Island local paper from where she and Reed had been spending time over the past few years “even though [they're] city people, [it] is [their] spiritual home.” Read her words below.

To our neighbors:

What a beautiful fall! Everything shimmering and golden and all that incredible soft light. Water surrounding us.

Lou and I have spent a lot of time here in the past few years, and even though we’re city people this is our spiritual home.

Last week I promised Lou to get him out of the hospital and come home to Springs. And we made it!

Lou was a tai chi master and spent his last days here being happy and dazzled by the beauty and power and softness of nature. He died on Sunday morning looking at the trees and doing the famous 21 form of tai chi with just his musician hands moving through the air.

Lou was a prince and a fighter and I know his songs of the pain and beauty in the world will fill many people with the incredible joy he felt for life. Long live the beauty that comes down and through and onto all of us.

— Laurie Anderson
his loving wife and eternal friend

[Photo by Jean Baptiste Mondino from Reed's final photo shoot.]

Comments (28)
  1. all of the tears

  2. Beautiful!

    (Whoever downvoted the above comment is a dick)

  3. What a great mind and lyricist! I will never forget his music and how he brought new elements to rock and roll.Truly a legend.

  4. The photo is truly a great photo, so much depth. Wow.

    And a beautiful obituary.

  5. Some people can be themselves and never have to kowtow and/or apologize to anyone. Lou Reed was that man. Bless him and his family.

  6. This brought tears to my eyes.

  7. The body of work he created with (mostly) three chords far surpassed output from lesser mortals. For that, I am grateful. Praying that our heavenly Father welcomed Lou with a robe of many colors and that he’s now part of the celestial choir kicking out some mighty jams between the wings of the cherubim.

  8. There are those that make the music and those that feel the music – our heavenly father granted both to Lou. What a blessing he was to many he never met. Thank you for the pleasure of your gifts.

  9. I’m glad it was a perfect day

  10. One of the most beautiful tributes I’ve read all year…or ever. For a great artist–from a wonderful wife, and companion. Bravo and Thank You…Alden

  11. Lou taught me about the glory of growing old with children, I hope I can have some of his vision.

    It might be fun to have a kid that I could kick around
    create in my own image like a god
    I’d raise my own pallbearers to carry me to my grave
    and keep me company when I’m a wizened toothless clod

    Some gibbering old fool sitting all alone drooling on his shirt
    some senile old fart playing in the dirt
    It might be fun to have a kid I could pass something on to
    something better than rage, pain, anger and hurt

    Love you Lou. Give Andy and Sterling hugs for me.

  12. Thank you Lou, you are truly amaizing on so many levels, and from so far away you taught me through music and poetry, to be and to have love

  13. Lou’s music changed my life. I was an outcast and yet when I listened to his music I didn’t feel so alone. Thank you Laurie for the beautiful words and imagery of Lou’s last days. The world is a better place for his music and his legacy and we who were forever transformed by his talent will never forget him.

  14. Are you sure about that, Charlie?

  15. Lou was born March 2cd, in the light of the Strong Winds Moon, like the Red Willow (female side of the soul). he learned to bend with the wind to come to enlightenment. His sparkling lyrics, like the Willow, offer healing, like a medicinal shield that balances the emotions to help the listener envison exactly what it is they really actually need, as compared to what they think they should want. He entered as the Angel facing East, to new beginnings on the medicine wheel and departed facing West, October 27th,on the Harvest Moon, the time of the trickster, Coyote. The English Rown tree,(male side of the soul). grows in the most precarious places, moors and mountains, a leader, humble pathfinder, who taught spritual survival, without taking on an air of superiority. He sang of the duality we must all be brave enough to find in ourselves, to find balance, truth, peace and love. Both the Celts and 1st Nations have long believed that the spirits of all our relations, communicate through the rustling leaves in wind should we listen through quiet meditation; sounds like he could hear them loud and clear.

  16. Sometimes when I wake my 8-year-old kid up in the morning she smiles and shows me her fist. She calls it her “fist to the world”. The picture above reminds me of that. I hope one day she’s a Lou Reed fan.

  17. Simply beautiful and loving!!

  18. Kudos to Ms. Anderson upon her elegant and simple, very loving tribute to her “eternal friend”. So beautifully stated. Rest in Peace, Lou Reed…you were a true goatsinger of your age. Your legacy abounds…the memory of you will not fade.

  19. Thank you for sharing such wonderful thoughts with all of us. Lou was enormously important to me. He helped shape the way I see the world and I will always be grateful to him

  20. Very lovely Laurie. THAT is a tribute.

  21. In Art School in the early 70′s my cohorts and assorteds vowed to shout LOU REED Loud and Proud whenever a song, interview or slightest hint of our leading Muse surfaced, and we have done so without fail for more than forty years. We continue to Shout him out today and forever; Long Live Lou Reed!

  22. RIP Lou Reed. Thanks for the music. We made a tribute memorial in your honor: http://www.thememorium.com/Memorials/lou-reed You will be missed.

  23. My dear friend lived at 55 Christopher Street many years ago. I will never forget the day I rode the elevator alone with your husband. As rode the very short ride to the 5th floor, I was trying to pretend that this was no big deal to ride the elevator with Lou Reed. He completely knew that I knew he was and knew I was trying to be nonchalant. When the doors opened on the 5th Floor, he laughed,smiled and wished me a good day. I will never forgot that day. RIP Lou Reed.

  24. I truly love all of the beauty that is here in this memorial for LOU REED.I can hear him in the fall wind.Namaste.

  25. It’s gonna take the rest of my life to stop missing him being around. The voice of reason and truth in a world gone mad. Long live Lou!!!

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