|Electronic Hollywood / Jaime Levy Press From 1990 - 2000|
Jaime Levy, 27, is the designer of the Macintosh disk that is included in Billy Idol’s latest CD, Cyberpunk. "I was selling my digital fanzine, Electronic Hollywood, at bookstores in Hollywood," recalls Levy. "Billy Idol walked in, paid six dollars and—my guess is—had his assistant play it for him on his Mac. He said, ‘Oy’ve got to have one with moy album.’ His management contacted me the next day."
Slip the latest issue of her fanzine, the Riot ’92 disk, into your computer, and you can click on-screen buttons to navigate the audio-visual flow. There are essays by angry young Los Angelenos and acid-colored animation, set to musical samples of political rappers Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
But Electronic Hollywood is just one of Levy’s many projects: She is also working on an interactive CD project for MTV, and she says she’s been approached by Propaganda Films, the producers of Truth or Dare, the Madonna movie. A fan of Madonna, Levy may be just the person to transform the Material Girl into the Digital Girl.
Levy—surprisingly—used to be "afraid of all that digital-code stuff." Then she discovered the Macintosh computer, with its point-and-click graphics and pull-down menus. Now she’s spreading the word: "It used to be that there were hardly any women using computers. Why not have a female be a software designer or programmer? All these Silicon Valley companies are full of men. Is it because men are smarter? I think not."