Here’s some sad and shocking news: according to John Lydon, Ari Up (aka Arianna Forster) of the Slits has passed away, at the far too young age of 48. Lydon is married to Forster’s mother, Nora, and posted news of the punk icon’s death on his official website yesterday (Oct. 20).
The statement reads as follows:
“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 were formed in 1976 and are mostly remembered for their excellent debut album, Cut, which was recorded when the band members were still in their teens. Support slots with the Clash and the Buzzcocks helped establish the group’s name, and the burgeoning post punk scene that sprung up in the late ’70s and early ‘80s clearly took a number of cues from the Slits’ mash-up of dub heavy rhythms and scratchy guitars.
R.I.P. Ari Up. Here, we pay tribute with some of her best-loved songs, and a clip from Don Letts’ excellent The Punk Rock Movie.