On November 18th I sat down in front of the computer with my morning coffee and saw the news about the police raid/shootout between Islamic State terrorists and French police in Saint-Denis, France. I immediately thought of Lisa B. Falour, an American expat who’s been living in Saint-Denis since 1994.
We’ve been trading zines and corresponding off and on for roughly a decade. I clicked over to one of Lisa’s YouTube channels, where she’s uploaded hundreds of videos about her day-to-day life, to see if she was posting any information about the situation which was still ongoing. Nothing. What I did find, unfortunately, was an obituary for Lisa dating back to January 2015. Had I not heard from Lisa in nearly a year?
She often mentioned her various health problems in her correspondence, but it was difficult to know what to believe. The details of her wild stories changed drastically from one letter to the next, but one thing was for certain – she was always highly entertaining.
Bikini Girl: Volume One Number Four (July 1979)
One letter came with a cassette which contained a long recording of Lisa describing her alien abduction experience. Another package contained a bunch of back issues of Bikini Girl, her zine from the 1980s. There was a note tucked inside: “Hold on to these – They’ll be worth a lot of money someday!”
Lisa published a memoir, I Was For Sale: Confessions of a Bondage Model, in the year 2000. She was involved in a long battle with the book’s shady publisher over royalties and copyright. As far as I know this battle was never resolved. Her last self-publishing project, a split zine called Last Laugh/Quiet Days in Saint-Denis, was a collaboration with Wild Bill Blackolive, author of the 1970s underground classic Tales from the Texas Gang.
Lisa passed away on January 5th, 2015 in France. She was 57 years old.
Lisa B. Falour