Leslie Winer is an American fashion model, musician and poet.
|Birth name||Leslie Winer|
|Born||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, model, writer, musician, poet|
|Associated acts||Jah Wobble|
Bomb the Bass
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.
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". 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. Winer occasionally records music with Swedish composer Carl Michael von Hausswolff and others.
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.
|Witch||1999||Leslie Winer||Re-release under her real name|
|Spider||1999||LW & ©||Recorded between '94 & '97|
|& That Dead Horse||2010||Leslie Winer|
|Always Already||2011||Purity Supreme||4-track EP by Leslie Winer & Christophe van Huffel|
|3 Bags Full||2013||LW & ©||Completed in '94, also includes tracks from '88, '89|
|(1)||2015||Leslie Winer, CM von Hausswolff||Recorded and mixed in France and Sweden, 2012–13|
|"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|
- The New York Times Style Magazine
- 3 http://thequietus.com/articles/10505-leslie-winer-witch-interview
- Winer, Leslie. "Spider". bandcamp. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- John Peel Centre for Creative Arts
- Winer, Leslie. "3 Bags Full". bandcamp. Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "cover of (1)". MonotypeRec. Retrieved 30 May 2016.