On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, Ari Up
, the charismatic and energetic frontwoman of influential punk band The Slits
, died at age 48.
posted this message on his website
John and Nora have asked us to let everyone know that Nora's daughter Arianna (aka Ari-Up) died today (Wednesday, October 20th) after a serious illness. She will be sadly missed.
Everyone at JohnLydon.com and PiLofficial.Com would like to pass on their heartfelt condolences to John, Nora and family.
Rest in Peace.
The Slits are one of the most influential bands to emerge from the initial British punk rock explosion
, and are known for combining punk with reggae, world music, and experimental sounds. Although their lineup has changed over the years and has included men (Bruce Smith
), they are primarily identified as a female band and had a significant impact on the Riot-Grrl
movement of young female-fronted bands in the 1990s.
The Slits formed in England in 1976 when a 14-year old Ari Up and her friend Palmolive
decided to start an all-girl band together. Palmolive had already been the drummer in a short-lived band, Flowers Of Romance, which included other early punk luminaries Sid Vicious, Keith Levine
, and Viv Albertine
. They were soon joined by guitarist Kate Korris and bassist Suzy Gutsy. Gutsy left to form the band The Flicks, and was replaced by Castrators' bassist,Tessa Pollitt
. Palmolive originally asked her old bandmate Viv Albertine to join them on second guitar, but by the time Albertine joined, original Slits guitarist Korris had left to for
m her own band, Mo-Dettes.