R.I.P. Ari Up (The Slits)

Ariane Forster aka Ari Up, the girl who learned how to play guitar from The Clash’s Joe Strummer, died today after a serious illness, as Johny Rotten announced on his website. Ari Up was born in Munich in 1962. Her grandfather was the proprietor of Der Spiegel and her mother Nora was known in the music circles, especially in the punk movement. Nora later married Sex Pistol’s John Lydon aka Johny Rotten and she has been married to him ever since. Ari started experimenting with music at a very young age and formed The Slits, when she was 14 with her friend drummer Palmolive. They were one of the first riot girl bands and an icon for many other bands that followed The Slit’s footsteps. I saw her this summer singing “Don’t wake me, just take me” at Primavera Sound and, although she was in her late 40’s, she was absolutely amazing. The extremely cool, nice and straight forward lady of the punk scene will be missed.. R.I.P.

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