laurie anderson and lou reed

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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…

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).

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

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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!

Yesterday I went to Laurie Anderson’s studio in Tribeca. I got to talking to her assistant. Super nice guy from New Orleans. He also worked with Lou Reed. He was telling me about his experience and how he’s planning on writing a book about his time with Lou.

Fascinating stuff. But I’ll always hate myself for not following up my initial “What was it like working with Lou Reed?” question with “Was it a walk on the wild side?”

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Remix of “In Our Sleep” - Laurie Anderson ft. Lou Reed (Brian Eno, too)

(Text I just got: “Since Lou died Laurie is by herself now.”)

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                                          In our sleep as we speak
                                          Listen to the drums beat