laurie anderson and lou reed

“I’m reminded also of the three rules we came up with, rules to live by. And I’m just going to tell you what they are because they come in really handy. Because things happen so fast, it’s always good to have a few, like, watchwords to fall back on. And the first one is: One. Don’t be afraid of anyone. Now, can you imagine living your life afraid of no one? Two. Get a really good bullshit detector. And three. Three is be really, really tender. And with those three things, you don’t need anything else.” -  Laurie Anderson, with ‘Laurie and Lou Reed’s rules to live by 

Sharkey's Day
Laurie Anderson
Sharkey's Day

Artist: Laurie Anderson
Track: Sharkey’s Day
Album: Mister Heartbreak
Label: Warner Bros.
Year: 1984

If you had been hanging around with my friends and I, in the early 1980’s; driving around in Pete’s Chevy Beauville van and working our way through a hundred lot of Gooney Bird… chances are that you would have heard the following tapes playing on the ghetto blaster.

  • Laurie Anderson - Mister Heartbreak
  • Nash the Slash - Children of the Night
  • The Stranglers - V
  • Pink Floyd - Piper at the Gates of Dawn
  • That C-90 tape we had recorded of a skip in a Beethoven song

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Laurie Anderson on her loving relationship with Lou Reed:

“Lou and I played music together, became best friends and then soul mates, traveled, listened to and criticized each other’s work, studied things together (butterfly hunting, meditation, kayaking). We made up ridiculous jokes; stopped smoking 20 times; fought; learned to hold our breath underwater; went to Africa; sang opera in elevators; made friends with unlikely people; followed each other on tour when we could; got a sweet piano-playing dog; shared a house that was separate from our own places; protected and loved each other. We were always seeing a lot of art and music and plays and shows, and I watched as he loved and appreciated other artists and musicians. He was always so generous. He knew how hard it was to do. We loved our life in the West Village and our friends; and in all, we did the best we could do.

Like many couples, we each constructed ways to be – strategies, and sometimes compromises, that would enable us to be part of a pair. Sometimes we lost a bit more than we were able to give, or gave up way too much, or felt abandoned. Sometimes we got really angry. But even when I was mad, I was never bored. We learned to forgive each other. And somehow, for 21 years, we tangled our minds and hearts together.”

Photo by Annie Leibovitz

The Three Rules

1. Don’t be afraid of anyone. 

2. Get yourself a good bullshit detector and know how to use it. 

3. Be really, really tender.

- The three rules Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson came up with (according to Laurie Anderson in her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech of Lou Reed).

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Of course experimental-music legend Laurie Anderson’s dog plays the keyboard.

Watch HEART OF A DOG
on iTunes or Vudu today – it’s only available until March 29!

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This strange bit of self-promotion from the BBC is the source of a couple of lovely Pop-era Bono gifs that have made the rounds here.

David Bowie is here too, as well as Lou Reed (of course), Laurie Anderson, Joan Armatrading, Elton John, Evan Dando, Emmylou Harris, Suzanne Vega, Dr. John, Tom Jones, an utterly terrifying Shane McGowan, and many more. Have fun!

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Laurie Anderson & Lou Reed - Live in Venice (Full)

MY HOMETOWN IS DROWNING INTO THICK FOG…
DON’T GO IN THE FOG, THERE’S SOMETHING IN THE FOG…
SOME EERIE SOUNDS MADE FOR LONELY NIGHTS.
LAURIE AN’ LOU… VOICES FROM BEYOND… ENJOY….
DON’T GO IN THE FOG…