❉ The definitive oral history of a true legend of the New York no-wave scene.
‘I’m never against the individual, I’m against systems that oppress individuals. I’m defending the shy boys against the bullies. I deal with very negative things in an aggressive way because I’m using the language of the enemy, but at the end of my dark tunnel is light forever.’ – Lydia Lunch
Jawbone Press is very pleased to announce the definitive oral history of a true legend of the New York no-wave scene, published to coincide with Beth B’s career-spanning documentary of the same name.
Before #MeToo, before Riot Grrl, there was Lydia Lunch. A central figure in the no-wave scene of the 70s—as founder of the seminal Teenage Jesus & The Jerks—Lunch has spent the decades since turning the substance of her life into unapologetic, stark, and beautiful art.
‘All of the themes that I’ve been unravelling these forty years: abuse, the cycle of violence in our culture, sexuality, giving voice to the unheard, knocking down the patriarchy, dominance, submission, trauma, recovery … it’s all here.’ – Beth B
An accompaniment to Beth B’s documentary of the same name, this book is the first comprehensive overview of Lunch’s creative campaign of resistance, a celebration of pleasure as the ultimate act of rebellion. Across these pages, Lunch and her numerous collaborators—including Thurston Moore, Jim Sclavunos, Kid Congo Powers, Bob Bert, and Richard Kern—recount life at the frontline of the musical extremes of the 70s and 80s underground, the wild times, the disciplined productivity, life lived as a defender of the voiceless, and an unapologetic force of righteous fury. The book also includes dozens of photographs from across Lunch’s career, many of them rarely seen.
❉ ‘LYDIA LUNCH: THE WAR IS NEVER OVER’ by Nick Soulsby, published April 30th, 2020 by Jawbone Press | ISBN 9781911036456 | 320pp paperback | £14.95 UK/$22.95 USA/$29.95 CAN
❉ Beth B’s documentary Lydia Lunch: The War Is Never Over is showing at SXSW in March, and across Europe and the USA this spring. For more information, visit www.lydialunchmovie.com.
❉ News source: Jawbone Press/Ben Pester PR.
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