Lost Lou Reed Songs Recorded for Andy Warhol Discovered

Lou Reed in 2012. Photo by Isifa/Shutterstock (1792975b)

A professor of music at Cornell University has made a major musical discovery!

Multiple outlets report that Judith Peraino has found what is essentially an unreleased Lou Reed whilst carrying out archival research at the Warhol Museum.

The musicology professor’s discovery includes 12 previously unreleased songs by Reed recorded for Andy Warhol. A dozen tracks recorded in 1975 were inspired by Warhol’s book The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again).

“It sounds like he recorded them in his apartment with an open-air microphone, just voice and acoustic guitar,” said, who made the discovery.

The excitement really hit when she realized what she had found.

“What makes this rare is the gift aspect of the tape —that Lou Reed intentionally created both a curated set of songs and a composed set of songs on tape meant only for Warhol.”

However, according to The Rolling Stone, due to conflicting rights, it is unlikely the tape will ever see commercial release. 

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