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New York's Lincoln Center plans full day of late rock legend Lou Reed
US Rock Star and Photographer Lou Reed gives a press conference to present his book "Rhymes" in this November 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO ERIC FEFERBERG.

NEW YORK (AFP).- New York's Lincoln Center will celebrate late rock legend Lou Reed with a full day of free events including a concert and immersive sound installation.

Laurie Anderson, the widow of the Velvet Underground songwriter who died in 2013, will organize the July 30 event at Lincoln Center, the institution announced Friday.

Lincoln Center, the arts complex that is home to the Metropolitan Opera and New York Philharmonic, said the day would begin at its plaza with a public tai chi session led by Reed's teacher, Master Ren Guangyi.

The day-long event, called "The Bells" after one of Reed's songs, will also feature an installation of six of the artist's guitars and amplifiers that will produce a loop of feedback to surround visitors in sound.

"The Bells" will also include film screenings and readings and culminate in an evening concert by "a raft of artists across a range of music genres," said a statement by Lincoln Center, which did not immediately reveal the performers.

Reed and Anderson, herself an avant-garde artist, frequented Lincoln Center which held the only public memorial service for Reed -- a session of his music played on loudspeakers with no eulogies or other commentary.

The Velvet Underground revolutionized music starting in the late 1960s, setting the stage for later alternative and indie movements, and Reed produced a series of critically acclaimed solo albums.

The band brought to music an aesthetic edge from the art world, with pop artist Andy Warhol working on the 1967 debut album "The Velvet Underground & Nico," and unabashedly took up dark subject matter such as drug use and sexual pleasure.

The event comes amid an related retrospective on the Velvet Underground at the Philharmonie de Paris, the year-old music hall in the French capital.

Reed's former bandmate John Cale opened the retrospective with a rare concert in which he played the debut album from start to finish in a collaboration with younger artists.

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