“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
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
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.”
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!