Laurie Anderson

Musician + Performance Artist + Singer

Laura Phillips "Laurie" Anderson 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.… Read More

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1947 Birth Anderson was born in Glen Ellyn, Illinois on June 5, 1947, the daughter of Mary Louise (née Rowland) and Arthur T. Anderson. … Read More


1969 22 Years Old Her first performance-art piece—a symphony played on automobile horns—was performed in 1969.
1970 23 Years Old In 1970, she drew the underground comix Baloney Moccasins, which was published by George DiCaprio. … Read More


1978 - 1980 2 More Events
1981 34 Years Old Anderson became widely known outside the art world in 1981 with the single "O Superman", originally released in a limited quantity by B. … Read More
1984 37 Years Old She also appeared in a television special produced by Nam June Paik broadcast on New Years Day 1984, entitled "Good Morning, Mr. Orwell" (the title being inspired by Orwell's novel 1984).
1986 39 Years Old She next starred in and directed the 1986 concert film Home of the Brave and also composed the soundtracks for the Spalding Gray films Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box. … Read More


1989 - 1991 2 More Events
1992 45 Years Old Anderson started dating Lou Reed in 1992, and was married to him from 2008 until his death in 2013.
1994 47 Years Old In 1994 she created a CD-ROM titled Puppet Motel, which was followed by Bright Red, co-produced by Brian Eno, and another spoken-word album, The Ugly One with the Jewels. … Read More
1996 49 Years Old In 1996, Anderson performed with Diego Frenkel (La Portuária) and Aterciopelados for the AIDS benefit album Silencio=Muerte: Red Hot + Latin produced by the Red Hot Organization. … Read More


Life on a String appeared in 2001, by which time she signed a new contract with another Warner Music label, Nonesuch Records. … Read More
2003 56 Years Old In 2003, Anderson became NASA's first artist-in-residence, which inspired her performance piece, The End of the Moon.
2004 57 Years Old She was part of the team that created the opening ceremony for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. … Read More
She mounted a succession of themed shows and composed a piece for Expo 2005 in Japan.
In 2006, she contributed a song to Plague Songs, a collection of songs related to the 10 Biblical plagues.


2007 - 2008 2 More Events
In February 2010, Laurie Anderson premiered a new theatrical work, entitled Delusion, at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. … Read More
2011 64 Years Old She appears as a guest musician on several tracks from experimental jazz musician Colin Stetson's 2011 album New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges. … Read More
2012 65 Years Old Anderson was named the Inaugural Distinguished Artist-In-Residence at The Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center(EMPAC)at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York in May 2012.
Anderson received the Honorary Doctor of Arts from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in 2013.
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