Ava Mendoza so late. She's played with many musicians for years, and has released her first solo record, Shadow Stories (Resipiscent Records), in 2010. What variety--everything from distorted experimental and noise to light and swinging versions of old time songs such as "Goodnight Irene."
Mendoza's album is a nice backdrop for the book of interviews from "Seconds" magazine
I'm going through, .45 Dangerous Minds (edited by Steven Blush & George Petros,
published by Creation, 2005). The cast of interviewed people ranges from John Waters to Lyndon LaRouche to the MC5's Wayne Kramer--and several totally seedy, strange
folks who are or were dangerous indeed.
But I always can temper the disturbing parts with fun. From a 1995 David Bowie interview (where DB ends up quoting someone else):
"Seconds": Is there any music you've consciously avoided?
Bowie: Country & Western. I have no idea how to get anywhere near that. When they
were carting Buddy Rich into the hospital, the doctor leaned over and asked if he was allergic to anything and he said, "Yeah, Country & Western."