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Ari-Up dies aged 48

Posted on October 22, 2010
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Ari Up, frontwoman for pioneering British punk band the Slits, died Wednesday, according to Sex Pistols' John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), who wrote of the news on his website. The singer, born Arianna Forster, had long battled a "serious illness," according to Lydon. She was 48.

Lydon, who is married to Forster's mother, wrote: "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."

Up formed the Slits in 1976 at the age of 14, along with drummer Palmolive. The then all-female band, known for their unpredictable and outrageous antics, broke punk's boys' club barriers and made the mold for the early '90s riot grrrl movement. The band released two albums, 1979's 'Cut' -- which features an infamous cover photo of the band topless, covered in mud -- and 1981's 'Return of the Giant Slits,' before disbanding. Up would later release her own solo effort in addition to other musical ventures before reforming the Slits in 2005. The band released an album in 2009, titled 'Trapped Animal.'

Carlisle Record Fair 23rd Oct

Posted on October 21, 2010
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This Saturday 23rd October is Carlisle Record Fair. It's the second one after the long absence and the first one was considered a success so hopefully it'll become fully established again. It's at the Conuty Hotel, Botchergate, just opposite the train station, admission is free and entry is from 10am, so hope to see a few of you there.

Vive Le Rock magazine is launched

Posted on October 20, 2010
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Vive Le Rock magazine

There's an excellent new magazine that's just hit the newstands Vive Le Rock. It's produced by the team at the wonderful Big Cheese magazine and is a broader in it's musuical approach than Big Cheese. Think of it as Big cheese's older brother and you'll get the idea. Front cover is The Ramones and there's a cover mount CD which includes an exclusive Marky Ramone track and an exclusive Spear Of Destiny remix.

A highly recommended purchase!

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