Tag: Laurie Anderson

January 22, 2016 / / Main Slate

In some ways, one could regard Laurie Anderson as the quiet innovator. Over the past three decades, she has built up a compelling, if fitful, discography of spoken word and experimental music albums; invented a handful of musical instruments; conceived of and performed several one-woman shows; and collaborated with a murderer’s row of East Village creatives, including Spalding Gray, William S. Burroughs, Peter Gabriel, and Adrian Belew. While her forward-thinking body of work earned her a place in Loves Goes to Buildings on Fire—the definitive text on the 1970s New York music scene—she is best known to the general public for her most private role: that of Lou Reed’s widow. Her second feature-length documentary, HEART OF A DOG, touches upon her brush with mortality—mostly through the waning years of her beloved terrier, Lolabelle.