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Laurie Anderson, wife of Lou Reed, the 71 year old founding member of The Velvet Underground, has revealed that Reed is recovering from surgery at a clinic in Cleveland, OH. Reed has had a long history with drugs and alcohol, fueling inspiration for the songs that made The Velvet Underground both famous and tremendously influential, but overcame his addictions years ago. Previously, he had cancelled five appearances in April which including two performances at Coachella citing “unavoidable complications.”
Anderson has recently said about Reed’s condition, “It’s as serious as it gets. He was dying. You don’t get [a liver transplant] for fun.” Of the operation, she said that it was “a big surgery which went very well. You send out two planes- one for the donor, one for the recipient- at the same time. You bring the donor in live, you take him off life support. It’s a technological feat. I was completely awestruck. I find certain things about technology truly, deeply inspiring.” Anderson said that Reed could be back at work in a few months and that he was already walking around and doing t’ai chi. However, she added that “he’ll never totally recover from this.”
His most recent work came in the form of a book of experimental photographs he took titled Rimes Rhymes.