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. Rock music aficionados living in New York and London during the era that spanned glam, punk and no wave are likely to appreciate her influence, the bulk of which has not been preserved in print nor on vinyl or CD. NME's Paul Tickell proclaimed her 1982 LP Pal Judy, which was co-produced by Nylon and Adrian Sherwood, "a classic rainy day bit of sound and song to drift away to."
Nylon is the orderly, ergonomic Judy of Brian Eno's song "Back in Judy's Jungle," on his 1974 LP Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). 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—as does the 1983 Snatch roundup LP Witch I, aided by Jon Savage's liner notes.
Judy Nylon's current multi-disciplinary work focuses on international co-authorship and decentralized many-to-many style video storytelling. Since 2007 she has periodically contributed to the collective Aether9, who collaborate on multinational multi-streamed networked performances intending to develop low-cost, open-source, nomadic public art production.
- Unger, M., Superhero Sessions: A Conversation with Judy Nylon. Seymour Projects, April 11, 2015.
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- Plantenga, B., Live Now, Wise Up, Die Well: An Interview with Judy Nylon, Punk Legend. 3:AM Magazine, October 2001.
- Cale, J., & Bockris, V., What's Welsh for Zen. New York: Bloomsbury, 2000.
- Yablonsky, L., Now and Then: Marrakech. Artforum, March 31, 2014.