Do angels need haircuts lou reed in august of 1970 a 28 year old lou reed quit the velvet underground moved home to long island new york and embarked on a fascinating alternate creative path poetry. A new collection of lou reeds rare early poetry culled from the performers archive at nypl is brought to life by family and friends at the age of 28 lou reed then the velvet undergrounds lead singer took a hairpin turn in his creative life he quit the band moved home to long island and began writing poetry. The poetry scene in new york in 1971 seems genuinely prepared to get into lou reed anne waldman was in the audience that night and remembers in her foreword that reeds performance was awesome. From do angels need haircuts published by anthology editions anyway on 10 march 1971 apparently undecided about his next professional move reed gave a spoken word performance to a cool downtown new york crowd including allen ginsberg at the poetry project at st marks church in the bowery. Do angels need haircuts is an extraordinary snapshot of this turning point in reeds career this book the first to be produced by the lou reed archive gathers poems photographs from the era by mick rock moe tucker and others as well as images from rare poetry zines
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