Ari Up – R.I.P.

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La terribile notizia arriva attraverso il sito del suo patrigno John Lydon: “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”. Arian Foster aka Ari Up è deceduta all’età di 48 anni. Nata a Monaco, la madre Nora è molto conosciuta nel mondo musicale, amica di Jimi Hendrix, fidanzata per tre anni con Chris Spedding, sposa successivamente John Lydon. Facile per Ari crescere seguendo i dettami della musica (Joe Strummer le insegna a suonare la chitarra!) e buttarsi direttamente nel calderone punk. A 14 anni forma le Slits insieme a Palmolive, Viv Albertine e Tessa Pollitt. Dal 1976 al 1982 dura l’avventura, Ari Up si trasferisce in Giamaica, collabora quindi con i New Age Steppers e sul finire del 2005 rivampa le Slits. Tour in mezzo mondo e nuovo album nel 2009 ‘Trapped Animal’. Arian Foster lascia il marito e due figli.

ULTIM’ORA: E’ Tessa Pollitt a fare luce sulle cause della morte. Ari Up non sarebbe morta per uno stato di salute irrimediabilmente serio ma per un tumore. “Ari didn’t want me or the rest of the group to tell anyone that she was ill. We didn’t realize how ill she was. Out of respect for the family I don’t really want to talk about it. It was cancer, that’s all I’ll say. Ari wa a total rebellious soul. Such a compassionate person, the original wild child if you will. And a musical genius not really given the recognition in her lifetime”.

Arrivano poi le testimonianze d’affetto di molti colleghi tra cui quella di Johnny Marr (“Respect to Ari Up. The Slits played with The Cribs last year and she was great”) e di Kate Nash (“Because of that album, I developed my musical tastes, bought records and learnt about feminism and politics and how important the link between music and those issues are. I also felt confidence as a teenage girl, I felt liberated and empowered and that I could be smart, musical and creative and that maybe somehow I could make a difference in the world too”).

Il recente ricordo del concerto romano all’Init (leggi)

E quello del Primavera Sound Festival a Bracellona (leggi)

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