David Corio, Redferns The music world suffered a tremendous loss with the death…
- Posted on Oct 22nd 2010 10:30AM by Pat Pemberton
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As the Clash bassist Paul Simonon looks on, Ari Up of the Slits teases her trademark untamed hair in a Cardiff, Wales, dressing room. In 1977, two watershed events occurred in punk rock: The Silver Jubilee -- the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne -- inspired the Sex Pistols' anti-monarchy song 'God Save the Queen.' And the London-based Slits, the influential all-female punk band, debuted, touring with the Clash. Here, the 15-year-old Ari Up (born Arianna Forster in Germany), who would later become Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten's stepdaughter, wears one of her favorite outfits -- Silver Jubilee knickers over skintight trousers.
Though a pioneering band, the Slits would record just two albums before breaking up in 1982. Though the group reunited with a different lineup two decades later, the comeback came to an end this week when Up, 48, died from cancer on Oct. 20.