Ari Up, of the Punk Band the Slits, Dies at 48

October 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm (Music, Reviews & Articles)

From Rolling Stone (Oct. 21st), Daniel Kreps. Punk icon Ari Up of groundbreaking post-punk band, The Slits, has sadly passed away….RIP…

Icon of the female punk scene passes away after a ‘serious illness.’ 

Ari Up (born Arianna Forster), lead singer of the Slits, passed away yesterday following “a serious illness,” her stepfather John Lydon announced online. She was only 48. One of the most revered female punk bands to emerge in the late Seventies, the Slits had slots opening for the Clash – Joe Strummer taught Ari Up how to play guitar – and Buzzcocks even before releasing their debut album Cut in 1979. The band released their second disc, The Return of the Giant Slits, in 1981, Read the rest of this entry »

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