One of the people I love talking to most in the world is Laurie Anderson.
Laurie Anderson is an experimental musician, avant-garde composer, storyteller, film director, writer and genius. I owned a copy of her album Big Science when I was a wee pup, and was very puzzled when I learned that that one of the most haunting and least commercial songs on there, “Oh Superman” had actually entered the charts. I played her music, but it never occurred to me to see her live.
Amanda finally took me to see Laurie perform in Boston when we first started dating, and I remember my utter delight in the way Laurie owned a stage, and the honesty of the art and music she made. Laurie and I met for the first time at New York’s Rubin Museum and we talked about Ignorance, we talked again in 2015 on the stage at Bard College about childhood and technology and so many other things. Each conversation was magical and fascinating: we each learned things about the other, and the audience learned things about both of us, along with things about art and comics, music and film, digital and analog, emotions and truth. She’s a polymath in the best sense. Now we are continuing the conversation, on stage at the 92nd St Y. I’m looking forward to it so much.
It’s tomorrow night, Tuesday the 17th. There are still tickets left.
I promise the conversation will be more than interesting.
Here’s the link to buy tickets: https://www.92y.org/event/laurie-anderson
Photo by Michael Palma from the Rubin Museum talk. He has lots of other great photos at his website too.