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Lizzy Mercier Descloux was in New York in the late 70s. I was curious about her because she was doing work with Patti Smith and Richard Hell, and I had a book of her writing, her poetry, and there was a picture of her standing alongside Patti. And so I was curious about her work because of my interest in Patti Smith. And I really liked her very first record called Press Color, it had this evocative black and white photo on the front that was really conducive to the No Wave aesthetic I was living amongst. I went to see her play in a small club, and it was good, but I never met her. I would learn more about her much later, after she passed away, and I found out how significant she was in punk history. She was involved in the Paris punk scene from day one, and that scene was very much aligned with the London scene – Malcolm McLaren came out of art school in Paris, and the connection was really in tandem. There's a great photo of Siouxsie Sioux and you can see a young Lizzy sitting behind them. She was in with the more romantic and intellectualised aspect of the punk scene, and the fact she got more involved in funk music and music from the African diaspora was really smart and genuine – she had this really interesting career and it was really sad she passed away at such a young age. I wish I had met her.

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