Not everything in my wallet relates to package design. But when I got this email last month from New York Public Library, about their Lou Reed library card I immediately wanted one.
Special Edition Lou Reed Card Available at the Library for the Performing Arts
To celebrate the opening of the Lou Reed Archive, The Library for the Performing Arts recently released a special edition library card featuring photographer Mick Rock’s iconic picture of Reed. The Lou Reed library card is available exclusively at The Library for Performing Arts on a first come, first served basis.
Reading that “first come, first served” part made me weirdly anxious and a little desperate. I was busy with work, after all. How could I justify a trip way uptown to Lincoln Center to score a card from the Library for the Performing Arts? (Somehow, I found the time.)
The thing is, even without the card, I feel like I’m already a “card-carrying” Lou Reed guy. [Just check out some of my earlier Lou-Reed-related posts: Bobby Grossman’s Corn Flakes, Die Originalen, Under the influence of Lou Reed, George Arents Jr., Mick Rock: Glam! at Show Gallery, Swedish shrink sleeve design (it’s so cold in älska)]