Twenty years ago, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain published Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk, a scabby inside-look at the wildly fun, incredibly seedy and at times terrifying underbelly of the 1970s New York City punk scene.
With her pale skin and perfectly messy black mop of hair, Lydia was always the goth beauty, with a sailor's mouth, and a revolutionary's brain. The femme fatale of outsider films, music and poetry in pointy toe black patent boots. Her part in the Richard Kern film, "Fingered" was especially outrageous. Never shy, Lunch willingly participates in explicit sex scenes. The film was based on 16 year old Lydia and Marty Nation's violent hitchhiking adventures which would usually end with Marty's knife slashing the interior of their ride.