Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ari Up, 48

by Dick Mac

Ari Up, lead singer of The Slits, died yesterday, at 48 years old. The announcement from her stepfather stated only that she had died of a serious illness.

The Slits was an early punk band, starting around the same time as The Sex Pistols and The Clash, and was one of the few all-woman bands in the genre. Up was 14-years-old when she formed the band.

Her manager, Jeff Jacquin, said:
She influenced generations of women and created some of the most memorable music of our time.

Born Ariane Forster, to Der Spiegal magazine heiress Nora Forster, in 1962, she spent most of her life in London. When Forster was a teenager, her mother met and eventually married John Lydon, at that time performing as Johnny Rotten, the lead singer of seminal punk band, The Sex Pistols.

Ari's career took her around the world and she continued performing throughout her life.

She will be missed.

Ari Up page at Wikipedia

Punk singer Ari Up dies aged 48 at

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