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RIP: Ari Up (17 January 1962 – 20 October 2010)

Discussion in 'Music, punk scene & subcultures' started by QueerPunk, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. QueerPunk

    QueerPunkExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Dec 29, 2009

    We're very saddened to learn that Ari Up of The Slits died yesterday at the age of 48. The news was broken via John Lydon’s website – Lydon was her stepfather, having married her mother Nora during the 1970s. The website didn’t specify a cause of death, citing only a “serious illness”.

    Born Arianna Forster, Ari Up was a true original – possessed of a unique Germany-meets-Jamaica accent, an enduring love of reggae and a precocious talent, she founded the The Slits at the age of just 14. Their anarchic, unconstrained creativity embodied everything that was good about punk. The band’s sound drew on a riot of disparate influences, and combined them into music that sounded like absolutely no-one else.

    After The Slits went their separate ways in 1981, she worked with the New Age Steppers and also solo under a variety of pseudonyms. In later years, she lived in Indonesia and Belize and eventually settled in Jamaica with her children, where Don Letts tracked her down for some memorable interview footage in his film Punk: Attitude. She re-formed The Slits in 2006 with original bassist Tessa Pollitt and three new members – the band played in Australia in 2007 to pretty much universally excellent reviews (The Vine contrived to miss these shows because we were overseas, for which we will forever curse ourselves).

    You can see The Slits’ influence – philosophically, if not musically – in everything from riot grrrl to Beaches, but they’re not just a “girl” thing: their music transcended gender as much as it transcended genre. Ultimately, their music is a reminder that if you pick up a guitar and try to express yourself, all sorts of amazing things can happen.

    RIP Ari Up.

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  2. punkmar77

    punkmar77Experienced Member Staff Member Uploader Admin Team Experienced member




    Nov 13, 2009
     United States
    Absolute tragedy Queerpunk, I posted this on FB yesterday, Ari was a giant in punk as far as gender equality and women's empowerment. I was a huge fan when I was a teen along with The Bags and X-Ray Spex....
  3. Phaedrus

    PhaedrusMember Forum Member




    Oct 19, 2010
    Such a shame.
    And a nice peice on her Queerpunk
  4. Shuei

    ShueiExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Jan 19, 2010
    It's terrible. She was one of the figures i remember from my first years of learning about punk... watching her weird and crazy performance on youtube, and thinking "Wow... That's different!". I grew to like it. It's such a shame

    I'm so sad i missed her last concert here.
  5. vAsSiLy77

    vAsSiLy77Experienced Member Uploader Experienced member Forum Member




    Jun 21, 2010
    what a loss, the slits "in the beginning" made me pick up my guitar and i still like their and Ari Ups later stuff, now she's gone, i am sad.
  6. Corporate Deathburger

    Corporate DeathburgerExperienced Member Experienced member Forum Member




    Sep 29, 2010
    :ecouteurs: . Shed a tear for a hero.
  7. kumquatdisaster

    kumquatdisasterMember New Member




    Jun 1, 2010
    Why couldn't it have been John Lydon instead!?
    That's a joke (sort of), but seriously I'm fucking devastated about this. I love you so much Ari!!!! So fucking much...

    "Don't take it personal, I chose my own fate, I follow love and follow hate, Searching for something that makes hearts move, I found myself"
    -The Slits
  8. SneakyPhil

    SneakyPhilNew Member New Member




    Sep 7, 2010
    I just read about her 2 weeks ago and found out who she was and stuff. In honor, what's some of your guys/gals favorite songs by bands she was in.