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Earliest known demo of Lou Reed's "Heroin" released

18 July 2022, 15:34 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

A previously unreleased May 1965 demo of Lou Reed's "Heroin" has been shared from Words & Music, May 1965, the first release from the new Lou Reed archive series.

Words & Music, May 1965 was announced last month as the inaugural title from the new Lou Reed archive series with previously unreleased 1965 demo version of "I'm Waiting for the Man", and today (18 July) the earliest known demo of "Heroin" has been unveiled.

Words & Music, May 1965 will be released to coincide with what would've been Reed's 80th birthday year, and is made up of a collection of previously unreleased recordings that a young Reed recorded to tape with help from John Cale. Reed mailed the recordings to himself to secure the copyright without filing official paperwork, and it remained sealed for nearly half a century.

Words & Music, May 1965 will be released on 26 August, and is available to pre-order now.
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