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God we made some awful music. It must have drove Elda crazy. And then those fashion shows at Bay Street and at the Lime Light in NYC. I didn't even know what art was, and Elda was serving it to me on a silver platter. from Dan Tandarich:     The first day I met Elda Stilletto was July 25, 2006 in New York City. The occasion was a record release party for the reconstituted New York Dolls album "One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This" at the Tower Records. I had talked to Elda before but this was the first time actually meeting her. I remember she mentioned putting on eyeshadow like Johnny Depp in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. We were there to see the band play some of the songs off of the album. The space wasn't so big and there was a lot of jostling and pushing to get a good spot to stand. I was ebbing and flowing with the crowd when Elda turned to a more aggressive jostler and said, "Hey, you're pushing my friend, Dan! Knock it off!" And with that, Elda cemented the friendship. We had just met and yet there she was making sure I wasn't being pushed too hard. Elda watched out for her friends, even the ones she had just met. We went on to have many more good times and all the while I couldn't believe that I was actually friends with the legendary Elda Stilletto! She somehow seemed to embody the toughness, creativity, loudness, and unpredictability of New York City. The kind of person that makes things happen, even a music revolution. Pure daring and inspiration with a touch of "Knock it off!" from Leon Matthews (Neon Leon):      One night after going around the corner from Max's to smoke a joint before going in, I ran into Tim Beckley and Carter Stevens (film makers etc.) They had some very hot women with them and they all said hi to me. Sharon Mitchell, Long Jeannie Silver, Susie London and Elda. We went inside Max's and after a while to Sharon's flat in the village. Sharon introduced me to Elda and said she had a band looking for a new guitarist. I had just come back from London after living with Mick Taylor from the Stones and his wife Rose who was my manager at the time. Elda invited me the next day to her loft she shared with Sheebo on Grand Street... We partied, made music etc... The next thing I knew I was in the "Stilettos". Elda, Sheebo, Walter "Alter" Ego and Buddy Bowser. What a decadent, artistic time it was! Film, photo sessions, recording... Warhol stars... A time I will never forget and infuences me to this day. Great gigs and great memories... I don't feel Elda got the recognition, money she deserved. The world missed out... Their loss... Not mine, because she allowed me to share my talents in her life journey. I'm forever thankful for that. I could say more but some things are best unsaid. R. I. P. Elda, you are missed.... Neon from John Mamarella:      August 9 · Throwback Thursday: My posting for today is a sad one, as I have lost another friend who was important to the history of New York Rock. I was informed yesterday that Elda Gentile, (who was better known as Elda Stilletto of 'The Stillettos), passed away on August 6, 2018 and joined that Big Band in the Sky. I first met Elda when my wife Alicia and I moved Upstate in 1986. Alicia is a Journeyman Lithograher and she got a job at the local 'Mountain Eagle' newspaper, where she was eventually put in charge of the Commercial Printing jobs. It was there that she met Owen Swenson, who was working part time as a Graphic Artist. When Owen found out that I was a musician he invited us to come down to check out his recording studio, 'The Turning Mill', in Palenville. It was there that we met Elda. In meeting Owen and Elda we got a crash course in the history of the New York City Punk Rock scene, which their band 'The Stillettos' helped to create. Through her memories Elda brought to life bands like 'Blondie', Patti Smith', Talking Heads', 'New York Dolls', 'Tom Verlaine & Television', 'Heartbreakers', "Richard Hell & The Voidoids", 'The Magic Tramps', and 'The Ramones'. It also turned out that they were good friends with Genya Raven , of 'Ten Wheel Drive', a great horn band that I was a big fan of. After they left that scene they moved Upstate and Owen started his studio, where they remained active in creating their own music. Owen and Elda were a big help to me when I became the Music Director of the Hunter Harley Festival, where I was in charge of booking the talent and providing the staging, sound, & lighting, and they made

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