Laura Phillips Anderson, 5 June 1950, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A product of New Yorks avant garde art scene, Laurie Anderson eschewed her initial work as a sculptor in favour of performing. The Life And Times Of Josef Stalin, premiered at Brooklyns Academy of Music in 1973, was a 12-hour epic containing many of the audio-visual elements the artist brought to her subsequent canon. Andersons debut, Big Science, included the eight-minute vocoder-laden O Superman, which had become a cult hit in Europe in 1981 on the 1/10 label and subsequently reached number 2 in the UK chart after Warner Brothers Records picked up the record. The songs looped, repeated pattern combined with the singers part-spoken intonation created a hypnotic charm. Mr. Heartbreak, arguably Andersons most accessible release, featured contributions from Peter Gabriel and writer William Burroughs, while her next release, a sprawling five-album set, United...
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