Artist Details

Cristina

Combining Bertolt Brecht, Leiber & Stoller, punk, and disco into a distinctive brew that parodied and questioned '80s excess, Cristina's acerbic wit made her a revered cult figure even though she only released two albums. Born to an American writer and illustrator and a French neo-Freudian psychoanalyst, Cristina Monet Palaci had a culturally literate childhood that led to studies at Harvard and a stint as a theater writer for The Village Voice. While writing for the alt-weekly in 1978, she met and began dating Michael Zilkha, co-founder of the eclectic record label ZE with Michel Esteban and an Oxford graduate whose family owned the British retailer Mothercare.