Lou Reed – Card From Private Apollo Theater Memorial Celebration (Velvet Underground)

A card from the private memorial for Lou Reed, held at New York’s legendary Apollo Theater on December 16, 2013.

Appearing at the event were Laurie Anderson, Lou’s Velvet Underground band mates John Cale and Moe Tucker, Patti Smith, Debbie Harry, Paul Simon, Antony, John Zorn, Jenny Muldar, Lenny Kaye, Mark Ribot, Hal Wilner and more.

The front features the event information, a photograph of Lou and lyrics to his song “Set The Twilight Reeling.”  The back has a calligraphic portrait of Lou by his teacher Mingyur Rinpoche, with an additional exploration.

The first example we’ve seen.  Mint condition, 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″

From an online description of the event: In the Buddhist tradition it takes 49 days for the spirit to leave the body. It is called “bardo.” Like Jewish Shiva, Irish wakes and different cultural rituals, it is a time for the living to share stories and simply just sit together to help each other and most importantly help the spirit be fully freed into into the Cosmos. December 16 was the fiftieth day and at the Apollo Theater a celebration of Lou Reed’s life and work took place with his friends and family gathered with his wife the artist Laurie Andersen.

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