Laurie Anderson (experimental/art rock musician)

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Legal name: Laura Phillips Anderson


Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an American experimental performance artist, composer, musician and film director who plays violin and keyboards and sings in a variety of experimental music and art rock styles. Initially trained as a sculptor, Anderson did her first performance-art piece in the late 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Anderson did a variety of different performance-art activities. She became widely known outside the art world in 1981 when her single "O Superman" reached number two on the UK pop charts. She also starred in and directed the 1986 concert film Home of the Brave.

Anderson is a pioneer in electronic music and has invented several devices that she has used in her recordings and performance art shows. In 1977, she created a tape-bow violin that uses recorded magnetic tape on the bow instead of horsehair and a magnetic tape head in the bridge. In the late 1990s, she developed a talking stick, a six-foot (1.8 m) long baton-like MIDI controller that can access and replicate sounds.

Anderson started dating Lou Reed in 1992, and was married to him from 2008 until his death in 2013.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 You’re the Guy I Want to Share My Money With Laurie Anderson / John Giorno / William S. Burroughs 3
1982 Big Science Laurie Anderson 4.5 10
1983 Mister Heartbreak Laurie Anderson 4 5
1989 Strange Angels Laurie Anderson 4 1
1994 Bright Red Laurie Anderson 4.5 1
2001 Life on a String Laurie Anderson 4 1
2009 Nothing in My Pockets: Secret Diary Laurie Anderson 1
2010 Homeland Laurie Anderson 1
2015 Heart of a Dog Laurie Anderson 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson Anthology Laurie Anderson 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 United States Live Laurie Anderson 4 3
2002 Live at Town Hall New York City September 19-20, 2001 Laurie Anderson 1
2008 The Stone: Issue Three John Zorn, Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed 1

Album + Spokenword + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 The Ugly One With the Jewels and Other Stories Laurie Anderson 4 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 In Our Sleep Laurie Anderson 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Home of the Brave Laurie Anderson 4 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Beautiful Red Dress Laurie Anderson 1
1995 In Our Sleep Laurie Anderson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 O Superman Laurie Anderson 1
2007 Big Science EP Laurie Anderson 1

Other + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 The Record of the Time Laurie Anderson 1

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