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 avant-garde artist, composer, musician and film director whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Initially trained in violin and sculpting, Anderson pursued a variety of performance art projects in New York during the 1970s, making particular use of language, technology, and visual imagery. She became widely more 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 2

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
2014 2014-09-06-Punktfestival: Føniks Kino, Kristiansand, Norway Laurie Anderson/Arve Henriksen/Fennesz 1
2000-05-24: Songs and Stories From Moby Dick, Barbican Theatre, London, UK Laurie Anderson 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
Bright Red Sampler Laurie Anderson 1

Other + Compilation

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

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1980-04: The United States Radio Adaptation, KOPN-FM Radio Studios, Columbia, MO, USA Laurie Anderson 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008-11-01: De Oosterpoort, Grote Zaal, Groningen, Netherlands Laurie Anderson 1

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