Awesome Album Covers – Laurie Anderson’s Big Science

Today’s featured Awesome Album Cover – Laurie Anderson – Big Science, a 1982 release on Warner Bros. Records.

Laurie Anderson - Big Science Album Cover

Laurie Anderson – Big Science Album Cover

Today’s posting comes courtesy of writer Michael Verity and is from his Awesome Album Covers series. We’re happy to be working with Michael and look forward to featuring more of his album cover articles on the Album Cover Hall of site.

Big Science was the debut album by NY-based performance artist Laurie Anderson. Driven by the success of the single “O Superman”, the record was her first on Warner Brothers Records, delivered as part of a 7-album deal with the label.  The record features a number of selections highlighting her eight-hour (mostly spoken-word) production titled United States Live, which was later available in its entirety as a 4-record set.

The record’s Art Director, Perry Hoberman, also provided a number of the sound effects and played several of the instruments heard. Hoberman is an award-winning  installation, media and performance artist and educator who has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums throughout the US and Europe. His work has been honored with many awards, including the 1995 Interactive Media Festival, the 1999 Prix Ars Electronica, and the InterCommunication Center ICC Biennial 99. In addition,  Hoberman was both a 2002 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and a 2002 Rockefeller Foundation Media Art Fellow.

He has taught and/or worked as a visiting artist at the Cooper Union School of Art, the San Francisco Art Institute, the California Institute of the Arts and the graduate Computer Art Department in the school of Visual Arts in New York. He is currently an Associate Research Professor in the Interactive Media Division at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television (where he heads S3D@USC, the Center for Stereoscopic 3D at the School).

The cover image was photographed by Greg Shifrin, one of the record’s producers and engineers.

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Awesome Album Covers is an ongoing series created by Michael Verity, a writer, photographer and producer living in Portland, OR. His first photographs were taken with a Kodak Instamatic. His first record review applauded the “palpable energy” of Robert John’s version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight.” He lives on a farm with his wife, three children, four dogs, two cats and several thousand albums that never quite find themselves in alphabetical order. You can see his work at and

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