Our first guitarist: Larissa Strickland

Larissa Strickland, born Larissa Stolarchuk, was the guitarist for the Laughing Hyenas, a noise rock band active from 1985 to 1995.  She joined the Hyenas after playing  with the Detroit band L-Seven (not to be confused with the LA-based L7).   In the height of her career, she garnered fans throughout the underground music scene, becoming known as one of the most interesting and innovative players of her era.  Sadly, she died of a drug overdose in 2006.

Larissa Strickland

Chunklet.com called her, “An absolute MONSTER of a guitar player and was pretty much untouchable as one of the great late 80’s/early 90’s players. Hands down.”

And here’s the proof.  Larissa, of course, is the woman with the guitar in the pink dress with the cigarette hanging out of her mouth.

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