Monday, 28 April 2014

Everybody Was Doing It And We Didn’t Know What It Was

"You know, when I first started out, I was working as a sculptor with a lot of different kinds of people. This was New York in the 70s. There were like sculptors, painters, musicians… And at one point we were all working on operas.”

“We called them that. They were just big events with lots of stuff. And somehow the voice would be threading through it – and that was it.”

“It was weird. You would be walking down the street and go, how’s your opera? Mine’s fine, how’s yours? Everybody was doing it and we didn’t know what it was.”

“So, I like the word opera. It just means a big kind of thing. Often featuring the voice – maybe not bel canto.”

— Laurie Anderson (from an interview for The Quietus)