Photo of Lizzy Mercier Descloux via A Post Punk Tumblr.
"She was a spectacle: carnivore and prey in one, like a walking wildlife film, with that riveting amoral charisma of nature. A complete mystery. At 17 she was more sophisticated than anyone I'd ever known, while also seeming utterly unaffected. Or at least her affectation came from such a stubborn confidence and will to defy convention that they were irresistible." —Richard Hell
Lizzy Mercier Descloux was a French-born musician and writer who came to New York in 1975 and became part of the city's underground scene. She bought a Fender Jazzmaster and started making the rounds playing Soho galleries and Lower East Side clubs and published a book of poems and photographs that was illustrated and contributed to by her friend Patti Smith. She was part of the Punk, New Wave, and No Wave movement and seemed to be quite a presence. Below, a video of her in 1979 performing "Fire".