Lou Reed, the trail-blazing musician who died Sunday at the age of 71, left a non-musical mark on Baltimore a couple years ago.
When the popular exhibit "Andy Warhol: The Last Decade" was at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Oct. 17, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011, visitors who plugged into the audio tour heard Reed's voice providing the narration. Reed had a longtime connection to Warhol, who had been a sponsor of the Velvet Underground in the 1960s.
"Lou Reed's instantly recognizable voice brought the feel of New York City's cutting edge culture of the 1970s and early '80s to the experience of our exhibition," said Kristen Hileman, the BMA's Curator of Contemporary Art. "It was a thrill to have a rock and roll legend be a part of the BMA experience. He was incredibly gracious to have narrated the show's audio tour."
The BMA preserved some of Reed's comments on the museum's Web site. The complete audio tour can be heard free on iTunes.