This special podcast episode serves as the companion piece to the multi-Grammy nominated Words and Music, May 1965, the inaugural release in the Lou Reed Archive Series, presented by Laurie Anderson and Light in the Attic. Words & Music features the first known recordings of such iconic songs as "I'm Waiting for the Man" and "Heroin." Capturing Lou Reed in his formative years, this previously unreleased collection of songs—penned by a young Lou, recorded to tape with the help of future Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale, and mailed to himself as a “poor man’s copyright”—remained sealed in its original envelope and unopened for nearly 50 years.
Our host, Tunde Adebimpe sits down with Lou Reed archivists Jason Stern and Don Fleming, along with Matt Sullivan (co-owner and founder of Light in the Attic), to get their insights into how the tape was discovered and how the songs were recorded by Cale and Reed in the spring of 1965.
Listen along with Matt, Don and Jason as they share their appreciation and knowledge of these extraordinary recordings. Produced by Light in the Attic, Ruinous Media and Dann Gallucci.
Dig into the Lou Reed Archive Series and stay tuned for more releases.