Leslie Winer

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Leslie Winer
Birth nameLeslie Winer
BornBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, model, writer, musician, poet
LabelsRhythm King
Associated actsJah Wobble
Sinéad O'Connor
Bomb the Bass
Kevin Mooney
Renegade Soundwave

Leslie Winer is an American fashion model, musician and poet.

Modeling career[edit]

Winer began her career as a fashion model in the early 1980s after moving to New York City from Massachusetts to attend the School of Visual Arts. She appeared in fashion campaigns for Valentino and Christian Dior and magazine covers for European and Australian editions of Vogue. Designer Jean-Paul Gaultier described Winer as "the first androgynous model." She briefly dated American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat during her early career.[1]

Musical career[edit]

After her modeling career brought her to London in the mid-1980s, she spent a great deal of time at Leigh Bowery's nightclub, Taboo. It was while in London she met musicians Jah Wobble, who was a former bassist for Public Image Ltd, and Kevin Mooney, former bass player for Adam and the Ants. In 1987, she would co-write the track "Just Call Me Joe" with Sinéad O'Connor. The song would appear on O'Connor's debut album The Lion and the Cobra, with Winer performing the backup spoken vocal. With Wobble and Mooney, she would record the album Witch in 1990. BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel played some tracks off this white label and the record went on to become a small cult-classic prompting NME to refer to Winer as "The Grandmother of Triphop".[2] She had previously recorded a couple of 12" singles under the name '©' along with co-writer Karl Bonnie from Renegade Soundwave. She has also worked with Grace Jones. Helmut Lang did a small pressing of her album Spider that he released in his NYC shop sometime around 1999 to promote one of his shows.[3] Winer occasionally records music with Swedish composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff and others.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Winer currently lives in France, where she has raised five daughters and is the co-editor for the estate of the late writer and poet Herbert Huncke. In 2014, she returned to modeling as the face of Vivienne Westwood's spring/summer 2014 campaign.[1]



Album Year Artist Note
Witch 1993 ©
Witch 1999 Leslie Winer Re-release under her real name
Spider 1999 LW & © Recorded between '94 & '97[3]
& That Dead Horse 2010 Leslie Winer
Always Already 2011 Purity Supreme 4-track EP by Leslie Winer & Christophe van Huffel
&c. 2012 Leslie Winer
3 Bags Full 2013 LW & © Completed in '94, also includes tracks from '88, '89[5]
(1) 2015 Leslie Winer, CM von Hausswolff Recorded and mixed in France and Sweden, 2012–13[6]

Appears on[edit]

Track Year Artist Release
"Just Call Me Joe" 1987 Sinéad O'Connor The Lion and the Cobra
"You" 1991 Holger Hiller As Is
"Counting the Rosaries (Happiness & Love Mix)" 1991 Book of Love "Counting the Rosaries"
several tracks 1992 Max Silence Running
"Personals" 1994 Jon Hassell & Bluescreen Dressing for Pleasure
"If You Reach the Border" 1995 Bomb the Bass Clear
"Calm Gunshot" 2000 Mekon featuring Leslie Winer "Calm Gunshot"
"When I Was Walt Whitman" 2013 Mekon Piece of Work
"This Blank Action" 2014 Diamond Version CI


  1. ^ a b The New York Times Style Magazine
  2. ^ 3 http://thequietus.com/articles/10505-leslie-winer-witch-interview
  3. ^ a b Winer, Leslie. "Spider". bandcamp. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  4. ^ John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
  5. ^ Winer, Leslie. "3 Bags Full". bandcamp. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
  6. ^ "cover of (1)". MonotypeRec. Retrieved 30 May 2016.

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