Judy Nylon is a widely influential multidisciplinary American artist who moved to London in 1970. She was half of the punk rock music group Snatch, which also featured Patti Palladin. Persons who lived in New York and London during the era that spanned glam rock, punk and no wave are likely to appreciate her influence, most of which is not preserved in print nor on vinyl or CD. In terms of cultural impact, she is ranked with Patti Smith, The Raincoats, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, The Slits, Lydia Lunch, Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Nico.
Judy Nylon is the orderly and ergonomic Judy of the Brian Eno song "Back in Judy's Jungle". Moreover, in his legendary account of how the genesis of ambient music came about, which first appeared on the back cover of his 1975 LP Discreet Music, Eno anecdotally credits Nylon. The 1978 Eno song "R.A.F." (b/w "Kings Lead Hat"), by Snatch and Eno (Polydor Records), provides insight into Nylon's innovative sound montage/cut-up practice, which may be further examined on the 1983 Snatch roundup LP Witch I, with liner notes by Jon Savage.
Nylon's current multi-disciplinary practice focuses on international co-authorship and decentralized many-to-many style video storytelling. Since 2007 she has contributed to the group Aether9, who collaborate on multinational multi-streamed networked performances intending to develop low-cost, open-source, nomadic public art production. Aether9 is currently engaged in a collaborative development of dramaturgical rules and language particular to Internet modes of communication and performance.
- Unger, M., Superhero Sessions: A Conversation with Judy Nylon. Seymour Projects, April 11, 2015.
- Strong, M. C., The Great Indie Discography, p. 72. New York: Canongate U.S., 2003.
- Plantenga, B., Live Now, Wise Up, Die Well: An Interview with Judy Nylon, Punk Legend. 3:AM Magazine, October 2001.
- See also John Cale's autobiography What's Welsh for Zen, and the song "The Man Who Couldn't Afford to Orgy" from his 1974 LP Fear.