Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A Few Good Women
We lost two greats this week so this is a two person tribute.....to Ari Up of The Slits, who died this week at 48, and the painter Sylvia Sleigh who died today at 94.
I think this was one of the first videos I ever put on the blog. Ari Up formed The Slits when she was 14. And she was totally primed for the job- did you know that the lead singer of Yes was her godfather, Johny Rotten was her stepdad, and she used to take guitar notes from Joe Strummer of the Clash while he was hanging out at her parents house. She was rock royalty.
This video is from Ari Up's solo project when she was known at Baby Ari around 1993.
Looking at Sylvia Sleigh's paintings all over again is getting me all pumped. I really recommend going here to see more of her work.
Luckily The Slits kept the dream alive till the end. I managed to see them live a few years ago and it was rocking and punk and true to their spirit as always. This awesome video was just released posthumously according to Ari Up's wishes.