You don’t really get people like Linder Sterling anymore - those I Was There icons that James Murphy so memorably sung about on LCD Soundsystem’s debut single cultivated their mythologies in a time before hype blogs and social media and The Internet In General engulfed any semblance of a scene. Linder Sterling though, she was there: dig just a tiny way into the birth of punk, into the Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks and (a little later) Morrissey and The Smiths. You’ll find Linder Sterling right there. She was the inspiration behind two of the most famous songs from the aforementioned: ‘Cemetery Gates’ by The Smiths and ‘What Do I Get’ by The Buzzcocks.
Of course, she wasn’t just ‘there.’ Far more than the vapid scenesters and groupies that women from that period are so often characterised as, Sterling was a radical, feminist, multi-disciplinary artist. She designed the famous cover of The Buzzcocks’ debut single, Orgasm Addict, and co-founded the influential fanzine Secret Public with punk journalist Jon Savage. She was also the singer of infamous post-punk group Ludus, with whom she pushed her confrontational politics to the fore - most memorably during a show at the Hacienda before which she placed bloodied tampons on every table and performed wearing a dress made from discarded chicken meat (take that Lady Gaga!) whilst her friends handed out raw meat wrapped in pornography.