Leslie Winer

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

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

Modeling career

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

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

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]



Witch1999Leslie WinerRe-release under her real name
Spider1999LW & ©Recorded between '94 & '97[3]
& That Dead Horse2010Leslie Winer
Always Already2011Purity Supreme4-track EP by Leslie Winer & Christophe van Huffel
&c.2012Leslie Winer
3 Bags Full2013LW & ©Completed in '94, also includes tracks from '88, '89[5]
(1)2015Leslie Winer, CM von HausswolffRecorded and mixed in France and Sweden, 2012–13[6]

Appears on

"Just Call Me Joe"1987Sinéad O'ConnorThe Lion and the Cobra
"You"1991Holger HillerAs Is
"Counting the Rosaries (Happiness & Love Mix)"1991Book of Love"Counting the Rosaries"
several tracks1992MaxSilence Running
"Personals"1994Jon Hassell & BluescreenDressing for Pleasure
"If You Reach the Border"1995Bomb the BassClear
"Calm Gunshot"2000Mekon featuring Leslie Winer"Calm Gunshot"
"When I Was Walt Whitman"2013MekonPiece of Work
"This Blank Action"2014Diamond VersionCI


  1. The New York Times Style Magazine
  2. 3 http://thequietus.com/articles/10505-leslie-winer-witch-interview
  3. 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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