Illustration of Eva O and Rozz Williams from the band Shadow Project from the book ‘A Little Hard to Swallow: 1334’ by Lorin Morgan-Richards about the life of deathrock pioneer Rozz Williams.
Rozz Williams was born Roger Alan Painter in Glendora, California on November 6, 1963. He took his name from a gravestone in a Pomona cemetery. His first breakthrough came in 1979 with the band Christian Death, a play on the brand Christian Dior. In 1981, he collaborated with performance artist Ron Athey to produce the beginnings of industrial noise in a project called Premature Ejaculation. Always an innovator, Rozz Williams changed the depth of music and art while inspiring subsequent generations of artists. ‘A Little Hard to Swallow: 1334’ encompasses Rozz Williams life in a richly dark poetic way.