Lydia Lunch is passionate, confrontational and bold. Whether she’s attacking the patriarchy and its pornographic warmongering, turning the sexual into the political or whispering a love song to the brokenhearted, her fierce energy and rapid-fire delivery testify to her warrior nature. She has released too many musical projects to tally, been on tour for decades, published dozens of articles and half a dozen books, and simply refuses to shut up.
Brooklyn’s Akashic Books published her recent anthology Will Work for Drugs as well as her outrageous memoir of sexual insanity, Paradoxia, A Predator's Diary, which has been translated into seven languages. Ms. Lunch contributed to The Heroin Chronicles, an anthology edited by Jerry Stahl (Akashic, 2013) and wrote the introduction to Jonathan Shaw’s Narcisa (Harper Perennial, 2015).
In 2009, Lydia unleashed Big Sexy Noise, her unpredictable return to hard rock, featuring longtime collaborators Terry Edwards and James Johnston of Gallon Drunk, and her acclaimed band Retrovirus performs with raw, blistering intensity on brand-new renditions of material from Lydia’s entire, legendary musical career, from Teenage Jesus to 13.13, 8-Eyed Spy, Shotgun Wedding and much more. The band’s second recording, Urge to Kill (Widowspeak Productions) was released in 2015, as was Conspiracy of Women (Other People), a vinyl reissue of an early spoken-word performance by Lydia, on DJ Nicholas Jaar’s label.
In 2012 Rizzoli released her sassy cookbook The Need to Feed, proving that even food, in the right hands, can be a dangerous thing.