Laurie Anderson (b. 1947)
Collected Videos (1981-1990)
Laurie Anderson "Difficult Listening Hour"
(from The Kitchen Presents Two Moon July)
Thirty Second Spots: TV Commercials for Arists - Laurie Anderson (1982-83)
"Late Show" from 'Home of the Brave' / "What Do You Mean We?" (1985)
(from Alive From Off Center)
Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson (born 5 June 1947) is an influential American experimental performance artist, composer and musician 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 electronical 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-long batonlike MIDI controller that can access and replicate different sounds.
Anderson married singer/songwriter and guitarist Lou Reed in 2008.