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New Music America:
1981: Selections from “United States” by Laurie Anderson

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 52 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

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From a recording made on June 13, 1981 in San Francisco, as part of the New Music America Festival, Laurie Anderson performs selections from her epic work “United States”. Laurie Anderson was born in 1947 in Chicago and received her MFA in sculpture from Columbia University. As a performance and recording artist, she has worked with film-sound-talking pieces for many years, performing at the La Jolla Museum, the Berlin Festival, and various other places in the U. S. and Europe. In this concert she performs a number of pieces including versions of songs that were later included on her famous “rock” album “Big Science”. The atmosphere was electric, the appreciative audience was eclectic, and the resulting concert was nothing short of extremely effective entertainment.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  From the Air (2:08) -- Beginning French (1:59) -- O Superman (9:55) -- Talkshow (6:34)
Performers:  Laurie Anderson, voice, violin, keyboard, electronics
Roma Baran, keyboard
Genres:  Performance Art; New Music
Subject:  Performance art; New music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Rock music
People:  Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; Baran, Roma
Recording Date:  6/13/1981
First Broadcast Date:  6/13/1981
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Private Property (2:56) -- Neon Duet (4:10) -- Odd Objects (5:24) -- Difficult Listening Hour (3:03) --Language Is a Virus From Outer Space [excerpt and/or “If You Can't Talk About It, Point To It”] (1:51) -- Reverb (0:26) -- Let X=X (6:19) -- Finnish Farmers (4:10)
Performers:  Laurie Anderson, voice, violin, keyboard, electronics
Roma Baran, keyboard
Genres:  Performance Art; New Music
Subject:  Performance art; New music; Electro-acoustic; Electronic music; Rock music
People:  Anderson, Laurie, 1947-; Baran, Roma
Recording Date:  6/13/1991
First Broadcast Date:  6/13/1991
 
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