An evening with two of the greats in music journalism, Holly George-Warren and Will Hermes, as they speak about The Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed through the lens of Hermes’ new book, Lou Reed: The King Of New York. Featuring a multimedia presentation and book signing, this night captures the spirit of New York City, as told through the story of one of the key artistic figures of our time.
“King of New York (is) the title of Will Hermes’s meticulous yet vivid new biography, the first to draw on the archive donated to the New York Public Library by Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson…Hermes expertly conjures the different scenes Reed inhabited, placing him amid a rich cast of collaborators, friends and lovers.” – The Guardian
Will Hermes is an American author, broadcaster, journalist and critic who has written extensively about popular music. He is a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone and to National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. His work has also appeared in Spin, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Believer, GQ, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, and other publications. He is the author of Love Goes To Buildings On Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever (2011), a history of the New York City music scene in the 1970s. Most recently, he’s written the biography Lou Reed: The King of New York.
Holly George-Warren is a two-time Grammy nominee and the award-winning author of sixteen books, including Janis: Her Life and Music, named best nonfiction book of 2019 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Her writing can be seen in publications like Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Times Literary Supplement, Air Mail, The Bitter Southerner. Most recently, Holly collaborated with Dolly Parton on Behind the Seams: My Life in Rhinestones.