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Laurie Anderson, “Big Science” [reissue]

floodmagazine.com
 2021-04-08

Cover picture for the articleThe strange angelicism of Laurie Anderson has been so much a part of the modern avant-garde pop firmament for so long that you almost forget her algebraic roots in true experimental music, tangled language poetics/semiotics, and performance art. This reviewer is just old enough (yet very young while witnessing it—don’t try to do the math) to recall her bedraggled spoken-word efforts for Giorno Poetry Systems, her time spent in the service of and in collaboration with William S. Burroughs, and her college classroom tours where she touted her self-made “tape-bow violin” utilizing magnetic tape on a violin’s bow instead of horsehair with a tape head in its bridge.

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