Lydia Lunch (born June 2, 1959, Rochester, New York) is an American singer, poet, writer, actress and self-empowerment speaker whose career was spawned by the New York No Wave scene. The Boston Phoenix named Lunch "one of the 10 most influential performers of the 1980s."
Her work typically features provocative and confrontational noise music delivery and has maintained an anti-commercial ethic operating independently of major labels and distributors. Lunch's moniker was given to her by the rock band Willy DeVille because she stole food for her friends.
Lunch moved to New York City from Rochester at the age of 16 in 1976, with nothing but "a small red suitcase, a winter coat, and a big fucking attitude." Lunch eventually moved into a communal household of artists and musicians. Soon Willy DeVille gave her the name "Lunch" because she often stole lunches for The Dead Boys...
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