Laurie Anderson

Laurie Anderson, 1947–, American performance artist, b. Chicago. Originally a sculptor, she was influenced by Philip Glass and other avant-garde composers in the early 1970s and soon turned to the creation of multimedia performance art. Anderson is best known for quirky, witty, and elaborate events that typically combine such elements as electronic and instrumental music, song, theater, film, and video projections; they include United States I–IV of the 1980s and Nerve Bible (1992). In 1982 she scored a pop music hit with "O Superman," and has since made a number of albums, e.g., Big Science (1984), Strange Angels (1989), Bright Red (1994). She has also made video and film pieces, composed orchestral works and soundtracks, created and performed monologues, and written books. Her first CD-ROM, The Ugly One with the Jewels, was released in 1994.

See study by R. Goldberg (2000).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Laurie Anderson
Roselee Goldberg.
Abrams Books, 2000
Art, Performance, Media: 31 Interviews
Nicholas Zurbrugg.
University of Minnesota Press, 2004
Librarian’s tip: "Laurie Anderson" begins on p. 25
The Parameters of Postmodernism
Nicholas Zurbrugg.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1993
Librarian’s tip: "Beyond the Disappearance of Value: Anderson and Acker" on pg. 144 and "Anderson and American Active Freedom" begins on p. 155
American Artists on Art from 1940 to 1980
Ellen H. Johnson.
Westview Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: Interview with Laurie Anderson begins on p. 240
Art of the Postmodern Era: From the Late 1960s to the Early 1990s
Irving Sandler.
Icon Editions, 1996
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Laurie Anderson begins on p. 416
A Formalist Theatre
Michael Kirby.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Laurie Anderson begins on p. 102
Media Culture: Cultural Studies, Identity, and Politics between the Modern and the Postmodern
Douglas Kellner.
Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: "Madonna and Laurie" begins on p. 287
Fly Her to the Moon: What's Art Got to Do with NASA? Laurie Anderson Listens to the Cosmic Pulse
Gener, Randy.
American Theatre, Vol. 22, No. 3, March 2005
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