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Laurie Anderson

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Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States (1947 – present)

Laurie Anderson is an American performance artist, visual artist and musician. Regardless of the medium, a common characteristic of all her work seems to be the act of storytelling.

Laura Phillips Anderson was born June 5, 1947, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States. She attended Mills College in California, and eventually graduated from Barnard College magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, studying art history. In 1972, she obtained an MFA in sculpture from Columbia University.

She performed in New York through the 1970s. Two early pieces, “New York Social Life” and “Time To Go,” were included in the 1977 compilation New Music for Electronic and Recorded Media, along with works by Pauline Oliveros and others.

She became more widely known in 1982 with the single “O Superman,” originally released in a limited quantity by One Ten Records; a sudden influx of orders from the U.K. (prompted by British DJ John Peel playing the record) led to Anderson signing with the Warner Brothers label, which re-released the single. “O Superman” reached number two on the national charts in Britain.

O Superman” was part of a larger stage work entitled United States and was included on her following album, Big Science. Her more recent stage work includes a multimedia presentation inspired by Moby Dick. She starred in and directed the 1986 concert film, Home of the Brave, and also composed the soundtracks for the Spalding Gray films Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box. All of Anderson’s albums from the 1980s sold very well despite being labeled “”.

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  • wachenroder

    Zion Radio

    12 Oct 10:08pm Reply
  • P-Werchowenskij

    I first saw her at Fabrik, HH Altona more than 30 years ago. A small Stage, barely big enough for her Equipment.

    30 Sep 9:28am Reply
  • maskedman101

    Just start talking at the sound of the tone....

    2 Jun 8:22pm Reply
  • guy090671

    Has managed to interest me

    3 Apr 10:17am Reply
  • maudyyyyyyyyyy

    how did i forget her

    25 Feb 8:43pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    ее дебют - революционный поп-эмбиент альбом, один из определяющих для музыки 20 века. последующие альбомы уже не так доставляют, к сожалению

    12 Feb 3:54pm Reply
  • Nimbie

    I grieve with you. [2]

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nochek

    I grieve with you.

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • violettte1

    <33333

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nimbie

    that kind of stuff you can look for for ages

    23 Sep 2013 Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    yes.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • tristacuda

    lori budi mi majka

    4 Nov 2012 Reply
  • splatterqueer

    Such an amazing woman. All of her albums have been absolute gold. I got to see her give a speech, and see her perform last year. She is so much more than just a musician, she is a straight up phenomenal artist.

    10 Oct 2012 Reply
  • melodramer

    chill <3

    16 Sep 2012 Reply
  • foxtrot470

    You've been on this road before. You can read the signs. You can feel your way. You can do this in your sleep.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • dufusweemamoo

    Laurie Anderson was in pretty captivating form last night - made the Festival Hall her own with a very intimate, thought-provoking and finally uplifting and warm performance of 'Dirtday!' - a string of vignettes of personal reflections, bound together with hypnotic backings to send a bigger message.....

    4 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SuperflyJonson

    Homeland is one of the best albums of 2010. Why didn't I discover it sooner?

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    V lol I thought I heard this on tv the other day. awesome/terrible?

    9 May 2012 Reply
  • nicolauz

    HTC Commercial hunting got me hear. Digging the tunes.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • sl8221958

    Intelligent and fun. LA is such a refreshing artist.

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
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