Vi Subversa – RIP


Scompare a 80 anni Frances Sokolov Sansom aka Vi Subversa chitarrista e cantante della band Poison Girls, istituzione del movimento anarcho-punk inglese assieme agli “amici” Crass. Tre album tra il 1980 e il 1985 oltre ad una serie infinita di singoli e compilazioni spalmati anche oltre la fine della band datata 1987. A dare notizia della morte della musicista è stato il figlio Pete Fender (Daniel Sansom) che assiema alla sorella Gem Stone (Gemma Sansom) ha un passato nei Fatal Microbes e Rubella Ballet (quest’ultimi più longevi e recentemente riformati). Vi Subversa live lo scorso dicembre.

Vi Subversa
20th June 1935 – 19th February 2016

It is with deep sorrow that I have to announce the mourning of my wonderful mum Frances Sokolov, known to many as Vi Subversa, who has passed away peacefully following a short illness. We know that her death will come as a shock. Vi had recently celebrated her 80th birthday and only a few short weeks ago gave what was to be her final performance. Vi led an extraordinary life in a variety of fields, but was no doubt best known as the lead singer, lyricist and rhythm guitarist in Poison Girls. She was a key figure to a lot of people and we know that there will be a great many who would wish to pay tribute to her music and words, as well as to her remarkable achievements in life. We know too that she would want this to happen.

We are holding a private funeral for her close friends and family, and naturally there will be a public event to celebrate her life and work later in the year. We, her family, ask that our need for privacy be respected during this very difficult time. We are confident that Vi would not wish her friends and fans to overindulge in sadness. We all feel that her life was complete and should be celebrated. She made it to the milestone, and her time had come. Flesh and blood is what we are.
PF x