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Laurie Anderson: Homeland, The Story of the Lark


'America is a good place for stories,' Laurie Anderson told London's The Guardian right before she brought 'Homeland,' her self described 'concert poem,' to English stages. 'Homeland' contains some of Anderson's most incisive work, -- darkly humorous, starkly emotional, and, at times, movingly tender. Her stories are once again about these United States of America, the sprawling subject that first brought her acclaim more than 25 years ago with her eight-hour Reagan era phantasmagoria, 'United States, Parts I - IV.' 'Homeland' is a distilled, up-to-the-minute portrait of our agitated nation, its politics, its economics, its delusions and its dreams. Her tone is less outraged than elegiac, mourning for lives lost, ideals misplaced. The music is dramatically stripped down to a handful of players, centered around Anderson's haunting violin and voice, frequent Bill Frisell band-mate Eyvind Kang's viola and Peter Scherer's keyboards. The arrangements are embellished with such touches as the siren-like vocals of Antony Hegarty (of Antony and the Johnsons), thumping keyboards from Keiran Hebden (of Four Tet), and, on the brilliant, wickedly funny 'Only An Expert,' a gnarly guitar turn from Anderson's husband and co-producer Lou Reed.

Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran
41 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Braden King
Starring Laurie Anderson, Roma Baran
Supporting actors Patrick Dillett, Lou Reed
Studio Warner Music Inc.
MPAA rating Unrated (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This was a fascinating peek into Laurie surreal genius.

She is one rare gem. This DVD is far to short. She has so many incredible ideas, and that is discussed on the DVD. She had so many ideas that didn't make it to the final, incredible cd. Lou Reed stepped to help her sort it all out and put it together.

There is a section about the violin she plays. I think she made it?

There should have been more on this DVD from Laurie, one of our lifetime's most interesting people.
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I tried to download this. I am a huge fan of Laurie Anderson and I'm sure I'd be giving it a five-star rating - if I could see it. But the video cannot be downloaded or streamed to any computer physically located outside the US, as I am. Given its subject, and the fact that Amazon is promoting it using an interview given to a British newspaper about the performance of the work in Britain, I'm sure there are delicious layers of geopolitical irony here. But mostly I'm just p'd off. When will this be available outside the US?
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