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  1. #16

    From Laurie Anderson

    Artist Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed's wife, posted a eulogy for Lou in their local paper, the East Hampton Star.

    Quote Originally Posted by East Hampton Star
    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”

  2. #17
    People obsess over celebrity couples whose sole attributes people obsess about are shallow.

    Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed both defy that stupidity and remain individuals. Possibly the most fascinating celebrity couple of them all, and they had the sense the just live their lives the way they saw best.

  3. #18

    Rolling Stone

    Rolling Stone magazine did a lot of coverage about Lou Reed's passing. There is full obit by Fricke as well as testimonials by his wife Laurie Anderson and long time friend Bono of U2.

    The following is one quote from the Fricke article.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Visconti
    He studied tai chi mainly to keep his strength up. There are recent photos I’ve seen on Facebook where he looks absolutely ripped- he has musculature that would be the envy of a 30-year-old

  4. #19
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    I don't really know much about Lou Reed other than he did an album with Metallica that was, uh... not really one that I enjoyed.

    It's super cool that he was into martial arts and tai chi in particular, though. I didn't know that.

    RIP Lou Reed
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  5. #20
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    Reunion in honor of Lou

    Good to see Tai Chi so prominent in this NYT coverage.
    Lou Reed’s Complex Spirit Is Invoked at a Reunion of His Inner Circle
    Published: December 17, 2013

    Righteous guitar noise began and ended the memorial for Lou Reed on Monday night at the Apollo Theater. It was a celebration, for an invited audience of family and friends, of what more than one speaker called his “complexity”: his kindness and his asperity, his spirituality and his earthiness, his groundbreaking music and his silent meditations.

    “He lived for beauty,” said his widow, the performance artist Laurie Anderson. “Lou knew what he was doing and what he was going for. His incredible complexity and his anger were part of his beauty.”

    Early arrivals heard Marc Ribot and Doug Wieselman, with their electric guitars cranked up, playing a dissonant, pealing, improvisational duet that eventually resolved into “When the Saints Go Marching In.” At the end, Patti Smith led a band in the Velvet Underground’s “Sister Ray,” adding more-uplifting lyrics to its tale of drugs, sex and murder, as Ms. Anderson and members of Mr. Reed’s tai chi class demonstrated graceful moves.

    Through three hours of music and remembrances, the songs Mr. Reed wrote for the Velvet Underground and through a constantly changing solo career — hard-nosed and unflinching, unguarded and tender, ferocious and delicate — were set alongside his dedication to tai chi and Buddhism and his 21 years with Ms. Anderson. “There was never a single doubt that we loved each other beyond anything else, from the time when we first met until the moment he died,” she said.

    The memorial took place 50 days after Mr. Reed’s death on Oct. 27, Ms. Anderson explained, at the end of the 49 days of what Tibetan Buddhists call the bardo, a transitional state after death.

    She also noted that the Apollo is on 125th Street, a few blocks from the corner where, in a definitive Velvet Underground song, the narrator waits in “I’m Waiting for the Man.” Mr. Reed’s longtime producer, Hal Willner, and Paul Simon cited Mr. Reed’s lifelong admiration of African-American music, from doo-wop to Ornette Coleman to Nicki Minaj.

    Ms. Anderson said that Mr. Reed wrote songs in single bursts. “He would wake up in the middle of the night and just write the song down and it was complete,” she said. “He never changed a word. He thought, ‘First thought, best thought.’ ”

    Mr. Simon sang the Velvets’ “Pale Blue Eyes,” marveling at its beauty and admitting there were lines he never understood. Emily Haines, from the Canadian band Metric, sang “All Tomorrow’s Parties,” and Jenni Muldaur sang the pensive “Jesus.” Deborah Harry rocked through “White Light/White Heat.”

    Ms. Smith chose “Perfect Day” for what she called “Lou’s most poignant lyric”: “You made me forget myself/I thought I was someone else, someone good.” The a cappella doo-wop group the Persuasions reworked Mr. Reed’s “Turning Time Around.” Antony Hegarty, who appeared in the stage production of Mr. Reed’s album “Berlin,” performed a slow, poignant, tremulous “Candy Says.” Julian Schnabel, who filmed “Berlin,” calmly recited the patricidal, carnage-filled “Rock Minuet.”

    The saxophonist John Zorn represented Mr. Reed’s improvisational side with a squealing, scurrying, exultantly perpetual-motion yawp of a solo. And Philip Glass, on piano, accompanied a recitation of the Kaddish prayer.

    Maureen Tucker, the Velvet Underground’s drummer, read a message from John Cale, its keyboardist and violist, saying: “Regardless of our differences, we never really drifted too far from what initially brought us together. I guess that’s what real friendship is, and I miss my friend.”

    Mr. Willner recalled that Mr. Reed’s albums, including “Berlin” and “Metal Machine Music,” were venomously reviewed at first, only to be acclaimed later. The tai chi master Ren GuangYi gave a silent demonstration.

    Videos of Mr. Reed showed him performing as a bleached-blonde rocker, deadpanning his way through droll interviews and popping up in films. And at the end, Ms. Anderson spoke about life together as a couple. “We talked nonstop about everything conceivable for 21 years,” she said. “We talked about how to make something beautiful, what to do when you fail, and how to make something supremely ugly.”

    She added: “Almost every day we said, ‘You are the love of my life,’ or some version of that, in one of our many private and somewhat bizarre languages. We knew exactly what we had, and we were beyond grateful.”

    Mr. Reed’s last words, Ms. Anderson said, were “Take me out into the light!”
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  6. #21
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    From Violet

    There are more photos if you follow the link.
    An illuminating evening with “Lou Reed”

    Related Photo:
    Lou Reed with candles and his guitar picks
    Violet Li
    December 18, 2013

    According to Chinese culture, and Buddhist teachings -- especially Tibetan Buddhism belief -- the 49 days after a person’s death are extremely important. On the 49th day, family and friends gather to mourn and honor the passing loved one.

    Legendary musician and poet Lou Reed died of liver complication on Oct 27, 2013 at age 71 in Southampton, New York. Born to a Jewish family, he once said “my God is Rock’n’Roll” and spiritually subscribed to Tibetan Buddhism. This Hall of Fame inductee was the godfather of Punk Rock and influenced the world’s brightest musicians in the past four decades. His death was felt by musicians, artists, and common people around the world. Obituaries were read, posted, and tweeted by celebrities, and media in the U.S, European countries, Australia, China and many other countries. Famous musicians and bands like David Bowie, Pearl Jam, the Killers, Rufus Wainwright, Neil Young, and many others made tributes. Various memorials were held more than a month long. Dec. 15 was the 49th day since Lou passed away.

    Saturday Dec. 14, Manhattan was battered by snow, wind, and freezing rain. The next day, the weather calmed. I arrived at Lou’s penthouse in the West Village around 4 p.m. The foyer is double height and above the door hangs a large Chinese calligraphy “magically spiritual dragon (Shen Long)” written by a 19th Generation Chen Family Tai Chi Lineage Holder Chen Xiaowang. Lined against the long living room wall are tall shelves of books and a Tai Chi Yin/Yang emblem sculpture from his beloved Tai Chi teacher Grandmaster Ren Guangyi and a fabric knot hand crafted by Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine publisher Gigi Oh’s mother. The opposite wall has two large pictures of a Raven face. I could hear Lou cite “my soul shall not be lifted from the shadow nevermore” from The Raven (click the link here to hear Lou read The Raven

    Passing through a narrow hallway decorated with black and white photos including his mentor Andy Warhol’s, I entered a large open area filled with sun light coming through the large window pans on two sides of the room. It is a family quarter: no luxurious furniture nor fixtures only a cozy couch, a wood dining table, and rustic wood benches those match up with the antiqued indoor window on the upper floor looking down; it is a place to cook, dine, lounge around, meditate, read poems, play music, listen to CDs and records, watch TV, and hug family dogs. In one corner, Lou’s guitars yearn to be played again. There is a large lazy chair by the window looking at the glistering Hudson River and next to it on a windowsill sat a small rave sculpture. Above the mantel are three astonishing looking black/white landscaping photos from Reed’s Romanticism photography collection.

    The fireplace façade adorns Lou’s Tai Chi weapons. I secretly admired his dedication and persistence to master multiple Tai Chi bare-handed and weapons forms in the past 17 years – he practiced at least 2 to 3 hours daily, seven days a week. Click on the video at the left and you can see some of Lou Reed's awesome Tai Chi movements. Tony Visconti, a renowned record producer, fondly recalled that he and Lou spent many hours in front of the fireplace practicing Tai Chi together. Amanda Harmon praised Lou’s generosity of opening up his home for his fellow classmates to practice on the rooftop. There is a large old pen among Tai Chi weapons. I imagined that Lou used it to write some of his poignant lyrics and powerful melodies. Due to its size and shape, it looked like a weapon at the first glance. In reality, the pen can be mightier than the sword. Business Insider echoed others’ views and commented that Lou Reed helped to bring down the communism in Eastern European

    Lou’s loving wife and eternal friend, Laurie Anderson, an accomplished experimental artist and vocalist, was busy greeting guests while putting final touches on hors d’oeuvres and savories. Japanese Gyokuro tea (Jade Drew) was served in tiny ceramic cups for sipping. With little make-up, Laurie radiated with unassuming beauty and brilliance in her eyes.

    I glanced through Lou’s latest published photo album and was amazed by his diverse interests in people and nature. He preferred black and white pictures. One photo shows a woman whispering to another on a street. They could be a mother and a daughter. The picture depicts a loving relationship, very sweet. This photo book reveals another side of Lou: less sarcasm or anger as his music but full of love, harmony, and humanity. There are a few pictures he took in Tai Chi mecca Chen Village, Henan, China: a street view from inside of a taxi, tractors on a dirt road, a farmer squatting in the woods, people practicing Tai Chi on the street in a quiet morning, and time-aged paint-striped doors and windows. He included a couple of Push Hands photos taken during Master Chen Zhiqian’s workshop in New York two years ago. An interesting picture is Grandmaster Ren Guangyi’s portrait that made him sculpture like and full of energy and spirit.

    The ceremony started with a Rabbi singing psalms and reading Kaddish, then a therapist led a short meditation, a Zen monk shared a story about Lou’s formidable attitude toward death, and a Tibetan monk said prayers. At Laurie’s request, Grandmaster Ren performed his creation, the Tai Chi 21 form. Surrounded by one hundred and fifty people, Ren delivered a powerful performance in a space less than four feet by four feet. Famous pain doctor Dan Richman talked how Lou Reed shared his knowledge on Tai Chi with him. Lou’s backup singer remembered one quiet night when they were listening to music together and tears were rolling down Lou’s cheeks and he apologetically said, “I am susceptible to beauty”. His gardener appreciated him for generosity and nonjudgmental attitude. Other friends also shared personal stories of Lou.

    As hard as he fought liver cancer and the disease after a liver transplant, Lou was never afraid of death. A week prior to his passing, at his request, Laurie moved him out of the hospital and stayed at their home in Southampton. Lou spent his last days looking at trees and marveled nature’s beauty. He was too frail to stand up and practiced the Tai Chi 21 with his hands only. In the morning of Sunday Oct. 27, he asked to be moved out to the porch so he could see and feel the light. He continued with his Tai Chi movements. All of a sudden, he felt his body had dropped inside. He looked up into the sky with arms widely extended to the sides and mouth opened with joy and left the world.

    At Laurie’s recount of Lou’s last moment, an image emerged. Before the memorial started that evening, the sun was setting on the west side. From the large windows, I noticed that light clouds covered the sun softly. Unexpectedly, the sun brightened up and created an enormous view of energy and optimism along with its reflection in the river. Then it disappeared and the sky was dark.
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    Rip lou

    Lou did a lot of good in his life , my best to his family and friends.
    Visit the past in order to discover something new.


  8. #23
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    Fremont, CA, U.S.A.

    Remembering Lou

    Master Ren forwarded this to us yesterday.

    By Ren Guangyi as told to Stephan Berwick

    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 forms 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, October 31, 2013

    Lou Reed’s memorial took place 50 days after his death on Oct. 27, at the end of the 49 days of the Tibetan Buddhist transitional state after death, called Bardo. The three-hour long ceremony included his work as a solo artist and the music Lou wrote for the Velvet Underground. All of which were played alongside a greater dedication to Lou’s practice of eastern philosophy and traditional martial arts.

    During the last decades of his life, the American rock ’n’ roll legend studied directly under Master Ren Guang-Yi, a champion of Chen Tai Chi. He took to it right away and was so influenced by the martial art that he even released an album in 2008 that he wrote specifically for listening while training tai chi, called Hudson River Wind Meditations.

    We spoke with Master Ren Guangyi about Lou’s passing, and talked about his love and promotion of gentle martial art.

    Master Ren: Lou Reed’s previous long-time publicist, Bill Bentley, commemorated him by aptly describing him as a “Rock ’n’ Roll Warrior.” For me, his beloved teacher, I would also describe him as a “Taiji Warrior” who represented the highest ideals of martial arts.

    Lou energized and inspired us with his enduring love of Taijiquan—to which he credited for the health and vitality he displayed for years. To that, Lou worked consistently to spread the powerful message of Taiji, a martial art that gave him so much joy and well-being, that he truly wanted the whole world to experience what Taiji gave him. With Ren Guangyi by his side, he exposed parts of the world never before privy to authentic Chen style Taiji with over 150 live performances globally, featuring master Ren performing Taiji live while Lou's band played music. From this extraordinarily prescient work, Lou promoted Taiji in unprecedented venues, including a performance on The Late Show with David Letterman, a concert at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Turin, Italy, and a pioneering display and instruction of Taiji at the Sydney Opera House. With press appearances, personal testimonies, a pilgrimage to Taiji's birthplace, Chenjiagou, Lou spread the message of the wonders of marital arts to millions.

    I am grateful for his sharing, blessing, and sheer love for an art understood best by those in the know. With his decades-long commitment to Chinese martial arts and his final ten years devouring Chen Taijiquan like only a warrior can, he was a knight errant for Taijiquan of the highest order who was also a real martial arts tough guy with genuine Taiji skill.

    I was also privileged to see when Lou carried his classical Chinese weapons with him. I recall a verse of his that described himself as flying with a sword strapped to his back. This is exactly how I will remember him. As brothers in arms in martial arts, I always had his back when he was here and will continue to do so. We will never let anyone forget his legacy of creativity, courage, inspiration, and warmth embodied by his incredible, enduring passion for Taijiquan.

    Special thanks to Journalist Louie Wang-Holborn
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    Lou Reed's Archives

    "his life as a musician, composer, poet, writer, photographer, and tai-chi student." Good to see Tai Chi still figures prominently in Lou's legacy. He would have liked that for sure.

    Lou Reed's Archives Acquired By New York Public Library For The Performing Arts
    3/2/2017 by Billboard Staff

    Waring Abbott/Getty Images
    Lou Reed photographed at the Cafe Figaro in New York City in 1982.

    The audio and video collection includes over 600 hours of original demos; studio recordings; live recordings; and interviews from 1965 to 2013.

    Lou Reed's archives will remain in the city that he chronicled so vividly and grittily -- the city that he called home: New York.

    On Thursday (March 2), what would have been the rocker's 75th birthday, his widow, the avant garde musician and artist Laurie Anderson, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced that the library is acquiring Reed's complete archives.

    "What better place to have this than in the heart of the city he loved the best?" said Anderson, who described assembling Reed's archive as "one of the most intense experiences of my life."

    Reed, who died from liver disease on Oct. 27, 2013, at the age of 71, left behind an archive that measures approximately 300 linear feet of paper records, electronic records, and photographs, as well as approximately 3,600 audio and 1,300 video recordings. The collection documents his life as a musician, composer, poet, writer, photographer, and tai-chi student. Musically, it spans a career that began with his 1958 Freeport High School band, The Shades; his job as a staff songwriter for the budget music label, Pickwick Records, and his rise to prominence through The Velvet Underground and subsequent solo career, to his final performances in 2013.

    Independent archivist Don Fleming (who also works on the Alan Lomax, Hunter S. Thompson, Ken Kesey collections at various institutions) oversaw the acquisition and worked with Reed’s two archivists, Jason Stern and Jim Cass, to create a detailed catalog of the extensive materials, most of which were in storage for decades.

    The collection documents collaborations, friendships, and relationships with Anderson, poet Delmore Schwartz, artist Andy Warhol, his fellow Velvet Underground bandmates John Cale, Maureen Tucker and Sterling Morrison as well as his ex-wife and manager Sylvia Ramos, musicians Doc Pomus, Robert Quine and John Zorn, producer Hal Willner, political dissident and former Czech president Václav Havel, avant garde theater director and playwright Robert Wilson and artist Julian Schnabel.

    The audio and video collection includes over 600 hours of original demos; studio recordings; live recordings; and interviews from 1965 to 2013. All of Reed’s major tours and many of his guest performances are represented in the collection, including 25 hours of original recordings documenting his 1978 run at the Bottom Line in NYC from which the Take No Prisoners live album emerged.

    The archive also contains a 5 -inch tape reel that Reed mailed to himself in May 1965. It was common at the time for songwriters to create a “poor man’s copyright” by sending a recording of a new song to themselves and then not opening the package, thereby establishing a copyright date with the postmark. The package remains unopened, and is believed to be from the first Velvet Underground demo sessions that occurred on May 11, 1965 at Pickwick’s studios in Queens. It’s still being decided when, and if, to break the seal on the package.

    Public celebrations of Reed's birthday and collections begin March 2 at both the Library for the Performing Arts and Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. At the top of every hour throughout the day, the Library will play an excerpt of a different Reed recording in its cafe. Displays of ephemera also open today at the Library and will stay on view through March 20. These displays present a selection of personal artifacts, notebooks, correspondence, and other materials to the public for the first time ever.

    Patti Smith inducts Lou Reed onstage during the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.

    The Lou Reed Archive will be processed over the next year at the New York Public Library's Library Services Center in Long Island City, and then made available for research at the Performing Arts' Music Division and Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound. Anderson and her team will continue to work with the NYPL to develop future exhibitions, programs, digital initiatives, and other projects from Reed's various materials.
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