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Lou Reed Retrospective to take place in Miller Beach

November 26, 2018

The Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach, Indiana will host a tribute to musician and songwriter Lou Reed to mark the five-year anniversary of his passing.  Rolling Stone Magazine contributing editor and Lou Reed biographer, Anthony DeCurtis, will read from and sign copies of his book, Lou Reed: A Life,” on Friday, December 7, at 7:00 p.m. CST at the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Miller Beach, Indiana. DeCurtis will “walk it home” by singing Lou Reed covers accompanied by Chicago band 26 Dollars.

Even the biggest Lou Reed fan may not realize the inspiration for his 1972 iconic rock classic, “Walk on the Wild Side,” originated from part time Miller Beach resident and “The Man With the Golden Arm” author, Nelson Algren, who published his novel “A Walk on the Wild Side” in 1956.

“Both Reed and Algren brought to light then little-known underworlds:  Reed with his 1960’s New York gay and transgender scene, and Algren’s sad drunks, prostitutes, drug addicts and prize fighters of the 1930’s and ‘40’s,” said Sue Rutsen, Algren Museum Co-founder. The themes covered by Reed and Algren resonate today, Rutsen added.

The Details:
Who:  Tribute to Lou Reed by Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis
Where:  Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts, 540 S. Lake Street, Miller Beach/Gary, Indiana 46403 (across the street from Nelson Algren Museum of Miller Beach)
When:  Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. CST

Tickets for the event are $20 and are available at:

Wine and 18th Street Brewery beer available for purchase.

Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Nelson Algren Museum.  For more information about the event or the Nelson Algren Museum, contact 773-914-2574;

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