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Singer Lou Reed performs with his group The Velvet Underground after being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at the eleventh annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York, January 17, 1995. REUTERS/Peter Morgan

Former Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule will make an extremely rare joint public appearance on December 8 at the New York Public Library.

The three will discuss the Velvet Underground's music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke as part of the LIVE from the NYPL series.

The reunion of the legendary New York band comes on the heels of the publication of The Velvet Underground: New York Art, a compendium of previously unseen photographs, poster and cover designs by Andy Warhol, Lou Reed's handwritten music and lyrics, underground press clippings and other reviews, flyers, handbills and posters.

The book, published by Italian book house Rizzoli, also contains a recorded conversation between Reed and Tucker, as well as contributions from former Czech president Vaclav Havel and author Jon Savage.

The event will take place at the Celeste Bartos Forum in the library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on 5th Ave. and 42nd St. General admission tickets are $25, and $15 tickets are available for library donors, students and seniors through the NYPL website.

The original Velvet Underground lineup included Reed, Tucker, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and vocalist Nico. The group's debut album, often referred to as the banana album from its distinctive pop art cover, was produced by Andy Warhol and includes rock and roll classics like Heroin and Sunday Morning.

Cale left the band in 1968 and was replaced by Yule. The group split in the early 1970s, though it re-formed briefly with Cale and toured in the early 1990s. Nico died in 1988, and Sterling Morrison in 1995.