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The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed





The Bells: A DAYLONG Celebration of Lou Reed ON SATURDAY, JULY 30

Includes performances by Laurie Anderson, Anohni, Doveman, John Cameron Mitchell,  

Don Fleming, Emily Haines, Garland Jeffreys, Joan As Police Woman, David Johansen,

Lenny Kaye, Mark Kozelek, Bill Laswell, Sal Maida, Jesse Malin, Kenny Margolis, Max Moston, Jenni Muldaur, Kembra Pfahler, Lee Ranaldo, Felice Rosser, Jane Scarpintoni, Steve Shelley, Harper Simon, Jon Spencer, Matt Sweeney, Bush Tetras, JG Thirlwell, Jim White,

Victoria Williams, John Zorn, and more

Readings by Elizabeth Ashley, Steve Buscemi, Anne Carson, Kim Cattrall, Willem Dafoe,

A.M. Homes, Natasha Lyonne, Julian Schnabel, Fisher Stevens, and more

Plus Tai Chi, a Sound Installation, film screenings


Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrates the work and legacy of legendary musician and consummate New Yorker Lou Reed with a full day of free events, on Saturday, July 30 encompassing a wide range of his interests and creative output. The Bells: A Daylong Celebration of Lou Reed is named for Reed’s iconic song “The Bells,” and is curated by Laurie Anderson and Reed’s friend and longtime producer Hal Willner. Events will take place in various venues and across the plazas of Lincoln Center


The Bells will begin in the morning with group tai chi exercises on Josie Robertson Plaza led by Reed’s teacher Master RenGuangYi (beginners are welcome).  An immersive sound installation, Lou Reed DRONES, created from six of his guitars and amps in a feedback loop, will take place at Alice Tully Hall.  The day continues with a martial arts demonstration by Master Ren GuangYi and his students on Hearst Plaza. Film screeningswill take place at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center with Recordings of music playing during the breaks from Lou Reed—The RCA & Arista Album Collection, a definitive 17-disc deluxe box set anthology, which will be released on October 7, by Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment. The afternoon includes music performances in Damrosch Park with a house band comprised of Steve Shelley and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youthamong others and readings from Lou Reed’s collected lyrics on the Hearst Plaza stage.  Lou Reed’s Love Songs, the evening concert in Damrosch Park, led by Laurie Anderson, will include a wide spectrum of musicians and music genres.  Following the concert, is a screening of Julian Schnabel’s acclaimed film Lou Reed’s Berlin, which captured Reed’s live, 2006 concert performances at St. Ann’s Warehouse.


Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson frequently attended Lincoln Center events and also performed here—separately and together—on several occasions.  In November 2013, the only public event marking Lou Reed’s death—organized by family and friends—took place outdoors on Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza.  Now, for The Bells, musical collaborators and other artists gather to give voice to the singular legacy of the rock musician, cofounder with Andy Warhol of The Velvet Underground, progenitor of glam, punk, indie, new wave, and noise rock, poet, and activist who left an indelible mark on the music of the past 50 years and on the city that he called home.


All events are FREE; no tickets required.  Visit:LCOutOfDoors.org for program updates.





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Amsterdam Ave and W 62nd St
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