by Ruby Ray
OLGA... Sadly, I never saw her again after I left SF for NYC in ‘81,
but she was someone I could never forget. She was so impressive a
girl in the punk days with her beautiful hair and smile. A punk Amazon
goddess, she was an original, so creative and unique. She always looked
great, was friendly and supportive. You could count on her to have
crazy fun. I am sorry I didn’t get a chance again to tell her how she
inspired me to get my own bike after seeing how easy she made it look.
She was a maverick, tuff and unafraid. Bless you Olga, and see you on
the other side! You should not have left so soon!
Olga de Volga and Leo Zulueta 1979 -- Photo by Ruby Ray
Here’s something Annex wrote about her for my punk memoir coming out next year…
Volga, first playing bass with the popular punk reggae group, the Offs,
and later with the all girl VS, and the Lewd, combined outlawism with
futuristic thinking, wearing her motorcycle leathers on and off her
bike. She looked awesome and made money leading funeral corteges
through the streets on her motorcycle, and was inspired by Atom Age
fetish wear magazine and NASA for her look. She saw "total leather
outfits as a prelude to space suits. I'm ready to go up, I've already
applied for astronaut training." Onstage with VS, she sang "Only
salvation for a new race, one way out of this place, dressed in
leather, ready for space." Frontiers called. . .
Olga with the Offs 1978 -- Photo by Ruby Ray
Olga and Leo strut their stuff 1979 -- Photo by Ruby Ray