Laurie Anderson

Composer, Singer, Performance artist
Multimedia personality who combines poetry, stories, comedy, movement, songs, film, slides, and electronic effects to intriguing and entertaining effect in live shows and albums. Although her performing abilities have ... Read more »
Born: 06/05/1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Music (17)

Emptying the Skies 2012 (Movie)

(Music)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("Miral 1") (Song Performer)

Miral 2011 (Movie)

("Miral 1") (Song)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

("Loop Vamp") (Song Performer)

Before Night Falls 2000 (Movie)

(Music)

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

("This World is Something New to Me") (Song Performer)

Monster in a Box 1992 (Movie)

(Music)

The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

("Strange Angels") (Song Performer)

The Doctor 1991 (Movie)

(Song)

Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Music

Wings of Desire 1988 (Movie)

("Angel Fragments") (Song)

Swimming to Cambodia 1987 (Movie)

(Music)

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

("Good Evening" "Zero and One" "Excellent Birds" "Old Hat" "Drum Dance" "Smoke Rings" "Late Show" "White Lily" "Sharkey's Day" "How to Write" "Kokoku" "Radar" "Gravity's Angel" "Language D'Amour" "Talk Normal" "Difficult Listening Hour" "Language Is a Vir (Song Performer)

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

songs (Song)

Something Wild 1986 (Movie)

(Music)

Nicaragua: No Pasaran 1983 (Movie)

(Performer)

System Ohne Schatten 1982 (Movie)

("Closed Circuit") (Song Performer)
Actor (14)

Art in the Twenty-First Century 2001 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

BAM150 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Buried Prayers 2011 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010 (Tv Show)

Guest

American Masters: Andy Warhol 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Narrator

Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Video Killed the Radio Star 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rugrats Movie 1998 (Movie)

of Newborn Baby (Voice)

CyberSpace 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2nd International Rock Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Searching For Jimi Hendrix (TV Show)

Actor
Director (2)

Art in the Twenty-First Century 2001 - 2015 (TV Show)

Director

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (2)

Art in the Twenty-First Century 2001 - 2015 (TV Show)

Writer

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Sound (1)

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

soundtrack co-producer (Sound)
Producer (1)

Home of the Brave 1986 (Movie)

(soundtrack) (Co-Producer)

Biography

Multimedia personality who combines poetry, stories, comedy, movement, songs, film, slides, and electronic effects to intriguing and entertaining effect in live shows and albums. Although her performing abilities have garnered quite a following, it is Anderson's film score contributions to such films as "Something Wild" (1986), "Swimming to Cambodia" (1987), and "Wings of Desire" (1987) that have won her recognition among mainstream audiences. Anderson's self-conceived, performed and directed "Home of the Brave" (1986) concert feature (which showcases such popular Anderson works as "Sharkey's Day," "Excellent Birds" and "Language D'Amour") makes original use of recording technology developed in part by Anderson herself.

Relationships

Arthur Anderson

Father

Mary Louise Anderson

Mother

Lou Reed

Companion

Lou Reed Song

Husband
Began dating Married in New York City

EDUCATION

Barnard College

New York , New York 1969
graduated magna cum laude; member of Phi Beta Kappa

Columbia University

New York , New York 1972

Mills College

Oakland , California 1965 - 1966

Milestones

1999

Signed exclusive recording contract with Nonesuch Records

1999

Premiered "Songs and Stories from Moby Dick" in Dallas (April); toured USA and Europe

1996

Created the CD-ROM "Puppet Motel"

1992

Wrote the score to "Monster in a Box", starring Gray and directed by Nick Broomfield

1992

Debuted "Stories From the Nerve Bible"

1989

Contributed music, "Bad Blood", to TV special, "Bill Cosby Salutes Alvin Ailey"

1987

Scored first film, "Swimming to Cambodia", starring Spalding Gray and directed by Jonathan Demme

1986

Directed first feature, "Home of the Brave" (also starred, conceived, co-produced music for concert, film and soundtrack and composed words and music)

1983

Performed song, "Closed Circuit", in first feature, "System Without Shadow"

1983

Premiered work, "United States", at Brooklyn Academy of Music; became one of the first newly named "performance artists" to receive widespread recognition

1978

Museum of Modern Art exhibited "Headphone Table: When You Were Hear"

1975

First major performance "As:if" at NYC's Artist Space

1969

Taught art history at City College in NYC, Staten Island College and Pace University

Gave up classical violin at age 16

Designed electronic instrument, the "tape bow violin"

Began performing multi-media shows in the 1970s

Bonus Trivia

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Anderson invented the tape bow violin, an electronic method of creating various sampling patterns from input audio tape placed where the strings should be and playback capacities on the actual violin body.

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There is an official web site at www.laurieanderson.com

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Reportedly Anderson was once Junior Miss Illinois. According to the New York Post (January 16, 2001), Anderson told Webster Hall curator Baird Jones, "I was a manic enthusiast for entering beauty contests. That's my horrible secret and it still makes me hang my head."

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