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The Space Lady

Photo by Terri Loewenthal

In the 1980s and ’90s Susan Dietrich Schneider performed on street corners in Boston and San Francisco, as The Space Lady. Playing originals and tripped-out, no-fidelity covers of rock classics like Steppenwolf’s “Born to be Wild” on a Casiotone keyboard. She sang in a soprano, wore a silver plastic helmet with white wings and a flashing red light on top and insisted in her early 20s she’d been abducted by aliens. She never recorded more than the assorted homemade CD or cassette, but nevertheless ended up on the outsider music comp Songs in the Key of Z, cementing her legacy amongst crate-digging record nerds. Peel back the legend though, and find Schneider a kind of rough-hewn Laurie Anderson or Yoko Ono. In other words, beyond her excellent weirdo biography, The Space Lady is actually pretty good. 

The Space Lady appears 7 pm Wednesday, September 20 at Moon Rock Records, 227 West 8th Avenue; FREE. — Will Kennedy