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befriended Robert Starr, a person whom remained close to until her passing. Elda also created and repaired tapestries for The Cloisters. Two of these works are now displayed in NYYC museums attributed to an unknown artist. Unfortunately, she was unable to finished the handiwork verification process before her passing. While at the School of Visual Arts, Elda’s teacher took her class to Warhol's factory for a film viewing of Lonesome Cowboys. She fell in love with Warhol film star Eric Emerson. Soon after, Eric fathered their son Branch. Elda was a regular at Max's Kansas City, often hanging out with the infamous Warhol crowd. She met Holly Woodlawn (one of Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wildside" characters and one of Warhol's stars) and they became fast friends, a friendship that lasted all through Holly's life. She started a band called Holly Woodlawn's Pure Garbage, (Tony Ingrassia of Pork, acting as musical director) which then led her to creating the famed punk rock band The Stilettos. Her brother Fast Eddie Gentile played guitar in Pure Garbage. She had a small part in a small play of the Theater of the Ridiculous with Jayne County and Patti Smith. The Stiletto's were the band that Elda would make her biggest musical mark with. She formed the band in 1972 with the idea of melding the idea of a Supreme's like girl group with a pop art sexual rock edge. They were considered a punk band before the word became the official moniker. The original line-up was: Chris Stein (guitars), Fred Smith (bass), Billy O'Connor (drums), Deborah Harry, Rosie Ross, and Elda Stiletto, all on lead vocals. The band rehearsed at the same studio as the Ramones. Elda was then dating Richard Hell (The Voidoids/Television) who invited the band to play at CBGB'S. The Stilettos played in other hot notable NYC venues Max's Kansas City, The Peppermint Lounge and Club 82. The group broke up in 1974. Elda continued with a solo career before reforming the band with an all-new line-up in late 1976. Members of this particular incarnation of the group included Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys), Walter Lure (Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers), Billy Rath (Johnny Thunder's Heartbreakers) and Scheebo Pampillonia. The Stilettos appear in the private eye mystery thriller "Punk Rock" and on the live compilation Max's Kansas City 1976 and Beyond. The played in Central Park for Rock Against Racism. They eventually broke up a second and final time in the late '70's. After the breakup of the Stilettos, Elda formed the first all kids punk rock band The Brattles with her son Branch on drums. Chris Stein (now of Blondie fame) produced and released a 7" single from the band. They opened for the Clash twice at the famed Bonds shows. Elda mentored the kids and brought in other musicians like the Ramones, NY Dolls and the Dead Boys to teach them. Elda dressed them for the stage and eventually the band was offered a deal with CBS Records. With all this going on unfortunately at such a young age, the band could not sustain due to parental disagreement. To know Elda, you have to look at the numerous accomplishments. There were many other facets of her life. Besides being a young single mother, she released 2 albums; one with The Stilettos and one solo album recorded and written with Owen Swenson and her son Branch Emerson titled Diamonds in the Rough, a record that received significant amount of airplay at College Radio Additionally, she designed the flags that hang over the Cloisters during the Medieval festivals and taught art classes for kids. She was an avid pop art quilter and designed and sewed large quilts. She sewed and created all of her own on-stage outfits in all of her bands. She sewed for the NY Dolls who were her friends. She was a painter. In her home hang many of her paintings. She produced concerts: The Montauk Nature Conservancy Concerts with Paul Simon, Billie Joel, Willie Nelson and an array of other stars. She was the booking agent for the legendary Bay Streets Nightclub in Sag Harbor, booking artists like James Brown and Tina Turner. She wrote, produced and directed fashion theater shows at Bay Streets Nightclub and took them to Hurrah in NYC, with the hottest designer

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