Ari Up – RIP

October 21, 2010 | By Bridget Burns | Archive, Entertainment

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Ari Up, lead singer for the influential British female post-punk band The Slits,  died yesterday at the age of 48 after suffering from a “serious illness”.  The last part is what seems to confound everyone.  Up was the picture of health, a youthful ball of energy and a free spirit dancing around on stage unselfconsciously in a mini skirt up until 2009.  She formed The Slits when she was 14, with drummer Palmolive.  Having been raised by her punk – bohemian mother, a German heiress and stepfather, John Lydon, it was only natural that she would embrace the same anything goes, in your face, rebel attitude in which she was entrenched.   Crossing punk with Reggae, The Slits were highly influential in both crossing genres and being an all female force.  Up was deeply entrenched in Jamaican culture, wearing her hear in dreadlocks, adopting a patois accent and later moving to Jamaica with her husband and two children.   See Ari’s enduring spirit in action here

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