NPR’s The Mix Creates Playlist Honoring Ari Up

Leading up to what would have been Air Up’s 49th birthday, NPR’s The Mix have created a special playlist honoring The Slits lead singer and the female greats of post-punk. The station’s Anthony Fantano writes: “Ari Up, leader of the pioneering post-punk band The Slits, would have turned 49 on Jan. 17. She died of cancer last October (read All Songs Considered contributor Carrie Brownstein’s remembrance here). In honor of […]

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Ari Up Punky Reggae Birthday Party Tribute – Williamsburg (Jan 16)

As reported by The Brooklyn Vegan: Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg is hosting a show on January 16th called “Ari Up Punky Reggae Birthday Party” featuring appearances from members of The Slits, The Slackers, PiL, as well as Neneh Cherry and many others. Tickets are on sale. The Slits album, Trapped Animal, is available via the Narnack Records store.

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Vivien Goldman: The Slits’ Ari Up Flies Away Home…

From Ari’s friend, journalist Vivien Goldman (VivienGoldman.com): The loss of Ari-Up of the Slits is devastating not only for those like me who got to frolic and skank with her for three decades plus, but for music. A genuinely original free spirit, Arri at 14 showed us how to be a punk. In many ways, she was the soul of the movement, specially the Punky Reggae Party people. An incredible […]

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The Slits: A Tribute to Ari Up from Tessa, Anna & Hollie

A full statement will be forthcoming, in the meantime Tessa, Anna and Hollie have asked us to relay this message: We are devastated about our irreplaceable mentor and friend Baby Ari. Deepest felt condolences from Anna, Hollie and Tessa x x x to Nora Pablo, Pedro and Wilton. We are thinking of you constantly. We know we’ll meet again, Ari, our guiding star. Love forever Tessa bassie xxx Anna drummer […]

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Ari Up of The Slits R.I.P. (1962-2010)

Ari Up (born Ariane Forester), the German-born lead vocalist for seminal British punk band The Slits, has died at the age of 48 after a long battle with illness. Her immediate family has asked for privacy at this time and no public service is planned. She is survived by three sons, her mother Nora, and stepfather Johnny Lydon (also known as Johnny Rotten). Nora Forster and John Lydon released the […]

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New Photo Gallery: The Slits 2010

All photos copyright Angel Ceballos 2010

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