Archive Lou Reed interviews to be compiled for new book

'My Week Beats Your Year: Encounters With Lou Reed' will be published next month

Archive interviews with the late Lou Reed have been compiled for a new book which will be published next month.

The Velvet Underground icon and solo musician passed away in October 2013 at the age of 71.

It’s his years as a solo artist following the initial end of The Velvet Underground that will be the focus of the new book, with over 30 interviews with Reed from that era being compiled for My Week Beats Your Year: Encounters With Lou Reed.

The collection has been described as “one fan’s humble attempt to move beyond the Bangs canon, and delve deeper into the distance and intimacy, cactus and mercury, that constituted Lou’s post-Velvet Underground public media image”.

Edited by Pat Thomas and compiled by Michael Heath, the book will be published in August via Hat & Beard Press. See the cover for the upcoming book below.

The announcement of the new book follows on from the recent emergence of a collection of Reed’s unpublished poetry, which was finally published back in April.

The poems are part of the New York Public Library’s Lou Reed archive, with archivist Don Fleming remarking: “Lou was a writer at heart, and during this period he considered giving up music to follow this path.”