Laura Phillips “Laurie” Anderson (born June 5, 1947) is an 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 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-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 on October 27, 2013.
Art:21 Biography of Anderson with descriptions and images of several of her works.
AudioVisualizers Images of Anderson in performance showing projection and use of video.
Columbia 250 Biography from Columbia University, where Laurie Anderson was a graduate.
Columbia Encyclopedia Brief biography of Anderson.
Google Images Various images of Laurie Anderson in performance.
Hollow Ear Interview with Laurie Anderson focusing on her show The Speed of Darkness.
Laurie Anderson Official Laurie Anderson website.
PowerPerformers Biography of Anderson.
Rolling Stone Two photographs of Anderson in performance.
Ted Grossman Interesting interview with Anderson touching on topics from technology to government funding of the arts.
The Never Ending Wonder Well known image of Anderson in her show Big Science.
University of Missouri If you’ve ever wondered what an evening with Laurie Anderson entails, read this review of one of her performances to find out!
Women in American History (Encyclopaedia Britannica) Useful biography of Anderson.